CINCINNATI — It’s laborious sufficient to be a highschool scholar, however tack on the pandemic and it’s been a tough yr for youngsters. That’s why highschool college students in southwest Ohio are prioritizing psychological well being and taking care of one another.
What You Want To Know
- Lakota highschool college students within the Hope Squad deliberate a full week’s price of actions to prioritize psychological well being consciousness
- The group deliberate a Hope Stroll, to permit for college students throughout the district to take a break from the stresses of college work and get some contemporary air
- The Hope Squad is a peer-nominated group that helps carry consciousness to suicide prevention and psychological well being consciousness
- The Hope Squad hopes they could be a useful resource for college students in the event that they want somebody to speak to
It’s a deal with to be outdoors, particularly in the midst of the college day.
“I’m not even fascinated about homework anymore as a result of once I was sitting at my desk all I may take into consideration was what number of exams I had this week so yeah, it’s enjoyable out right here,” Lora Broz, a junior at Lakota West Excessive College, stated.
That was the intention behind the primary Hope Stroll deliberate by Lora Broz and the Hope Squad at Lakota West Excessive College, a bunch of peer-nominated college students that look out for the well-being of scholar’s psychological well being.
“We’re form of just like the ears and eyes of what we see to have the ability to permit college students to get assist in the event that they know we’re struggling however they don’t precisely know what to do,” Broz stated.
Whereas Broz and her classmates acquired their steps in, it’s a reminder that the Hope Squad is there for one another.
“I’m very captivated with serving to folks and I do notice how troublesome it’s to obtain assist when you find yourself struggling and that you just don’t essentially wish to get assist or admit that you just’re struggling,” Broz stated.
For Broz, it has grow to be extra private together with her personal psychological well being struggles.
“I really did counseling myself final yr once I was going via some tough instances,” she stated. “It really took the opposite Hope Squad members that I’m part of to get me to really go to the counselor’s workplace.”
Broz and members of the Hope Squad stated that via planning occasions just like the Hope Stroll, it permits for his or her classmates to really feel extra related in an already unusual yr.
“I positively suppose it brings us extra collectively,” Broz stated. “Like how, since we’re having a reside band taking part in, it form of reminds folks of soccer video games or simply being collectively and pep rallies and stuff like that. I positively suppose it normalizes what highschool often is.”
Whereas highschool isn’t all the time straightforward, Broz hopes she and different Hope Squad members can remind others that issues will likely be alright.
“It’s OK to not be OK,” she stated.