BOCA RATON, Fla. — As we wrap up Psychological Well being Consciousness Month on Monday, Boca Raton Neighborhood Excessive College goes the additional mile to ensure nobody feels alone.
The college began a psychological well being initiative referred to as “Motivational Mondays,” and it is connecting college students and workers members in methods they by no means imagined.
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Tales from all corners of the Boca Raton Neighborhood Excessive College campus are being instructed, from the principal to lecturers to college students, even the person behind the mission himself.
“Morale is down clearly with COVID, the pandemic, and social distancing and isolation,” stated trainer Jordan Hernandez. “So administration got here to me and stated, hey, how can we increase morale right here? And so we got here up with the concept of ‘Motivational Mondays.'”
“Motivational Mondays” is a weekly produced interview with a member of the Boca Raton Neighborhood Excessive College household speaking about their very own life struggles and overcome them.
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“To attempt to meet folks the place they’re at, of their want, of their wrestle, and simply to encourage and uplift them,” Hernandez stated. “To know, right here’s a number of the tales of what we’ve gone by means of and the way we bought higher. And hopefully it’ll make the distinction for you.”
In his video, senior Daniel Freidin spoke about rising up with Autism Spectrum Dysfunction and the way he shaped friendships at the highschool.
“Actually, it makes me really feel good to know I am serving to out different individuals who could be in the same scenario as I used to be in,” Freidin stated.
Seeing different classmates and lecturers share their experiences motivated Freidin to speak about his personal.
“It confirmed me that I actually shouldn’t be nervous sharing my very own story since different folks have the boldness to share theirs,” Freidin stated.
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Working behind the scenes on the movies, Kaitlyn Thomas stated she is seeing vital modifications in her college’s tradition.
“Truly attending to edit [Daniel’s] story, I felt this entire new connection to certainly one of my greatest associates. It was actually eye opening,” Thomas stated. “Due to ‘Motivational Mondays’ we’re in a position to be extra susceptible with our class.”
“It is actually put this new unity and group that we now have right here in school,” Hernandez stated. “That is been motivating and uplifting.”
Creating connections wanted now greater than ever.
“In case you are feeling stressed about something, it is all going to be OK in the long run,” Freidin stated. “Simply maintain shifting and every thing will work out simply high-quality.”
Hernandez additionally began the “We Dine Collectively” program at Boca Raton Neighborhood Excessive College a number of years in the past which gained nationwide consideration. He hopes to proceed with “Motivational Mondays” subsequent college yr and develop extra assets like podcasts to maintain the dialog going.
“We are able to encourage, encourage, and simply let college students and lecturers know it is OK to wrestle and it is OK to be concerned and even depressed,” Hernandez stated. “We speak about get assist and be resilient.”
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