At Central Lakes School, college students and employees try to repair that.
The Inexperienced Bandana Venture at Central Lakes School is a psychological well being consciousness and suicide prevention marketing campaign that makes use of backpacks and lime-green bandanas in an effort to alter lives.
“We’ve a videography program and so this fall college students created the video for it,” stated Suzie Karsnia, the counselor for the Central Lakes School campuses in Brainerd and Staples.
Karsnia hopes to get extra college students concerned within the advertising and consciousness of the venture subsequent yr when extra can have obtained the COVID-19 vaccine and return for in-person lessons.
“It actually is meant to be or ought to be student-run. However due to COVID, we didn’t have college students on campus,” Karsnia stated of the venture.
The Inexperienced Bandana Venture was based on the College of Wisconsin-Madison campus in 2016. The concept was impressed by “Dan’s Bandana Venture” at UW-River Falls, which requested college students to pledge to assist others’ psychological well being.
“We truly received the bandanas final yr — after which COVID hit — and so we didn’t get it up and operating final yr,” Karsnia stated. “The entire thought round it’s to have the ability to tie the bandana round a backpack, and it exhibits solidarity and assist for each other, decreasing the stigma.”
College students ages 15 to 24 are within the highest threat group for a majority of psychological sicknesses, however 25% of them is not going to search assist or therapy, based on The Inexperienced Bandana Venture officers.
“If somebody indicators up, takes The Inexperienced Bandana Venture pledge, then they decide to carrying useful resource playing cards round with them, so if somebody approaches them, they may have playing cards of the place to get psychological well being assist,” Karsnia stated.
One in 10 college students can have thought of suicide earlier than commencement, based on The Inexperienced Bandana Venture web site, and 28% of scholars wouldn’t know the place to go on campus to get psychological or emotional well being care.
Central Lakes School college students who’re a part of The Inexperienced Bandana Venture will carry these psychological well being useful resource playing cards handy out to these looking for help. The playing cards have been supplied by the CLC Counseling Division with contacts for getting assist and assist. Submitted picture
“We’ve not had an incredible turnout of individuals taking the (The Inexperienced Bandana Venture) pledge, however I’m anticipating that to solely get higher subsequent yr … as soon as we’re again on campus,” Karsnia stated of the pledge wearers of the bandana make to help these with psychological well being considerations.
Karsnia first heard about The Inexperienced Bandana Venture from one other CLC employees member whose daughter went to a different school. In March, officers from The Inexperienced Bandana Venture began merely referring to the psychological well being consciousness marketing campaign as “The Bandana Venture.”
“I assumed, ‘Effectively, what an incredible tangible factor!’” Karsnia stated. “And school college students wish to get issues free of charge, so there’s an incentive.”
College students who pledge to change into a member of The Inexperienced Bandana Venture by tying lime-green bandanas to their backpacks can have on them campus-specific and nationwide psychological well being and suicide prevention data together with useful resource playing cards handy out that embrace contact data.
“The rationale why I made a decision to roll it out — or attempt to no less than get it going this yr with the video — was as a result of folks have been carrying bandanas to cowl their face for COVID,” Karsnia stated.
Karsnia stated the trials of being a school pupil — deadlines, assignments, working with different college students, lecturers and employees, to not point out nearly all of CLC’s college students have jobs or are mother and father — all these components can have an effect on one’s psychological well being.
A key, she stated, shall be pupil involvement within the venture.
“My plan is — within the fall when, hopefully, college students are again on campus — to hunt college students’ assist and have them do tabling occasions, after which ask college students that may wish to take part not solely to take the pledge but additionally to assist sort of maintain the motion going,” Karsnia stated.
The Inexperienced Bandana Venture has since unfold to over 40 different universities, excessive colleges, and neighborhood teams throughout the USA since its inception on the College of Wisconsin-Madison.
The concept is easy and easy — getting assist for individuals who search it.
“They don’t seem to be skilled counselors,” Karsnia stated of these with bandanas. “Somebody can strategy them and say, ‘I wrestle with psychological well being,’ and that individual with the bandana can provide assist and say, ‘Right here is the place you will get some assist.’”
In taking this bandana and tying it to my backpack, I pledge:
I’ll pay attention if it’s essential to discuss to somebody.
I’ll discuss to somebody if I should be heard.
I’ll provide help to discover somebody to speak to once you want extra assist.
I’ll discover somebody to speak to once I want extra assist.
I shall be accepting.
I shall be trustworthy.
I’ll see an individual in want of assist and never simply their challenges.
With this pledge, I’m declaring assist for these coping with challenges to their psychological and emotional well-being.
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