Inexperienced Out theme organized for Sept. 24 varsity house soccer recreation
“Throughout my time at Lafayette thus far, I’ve seen our faculty lose some superb folks and it breaks my coronary heart to know that others are struggling,” senior Liv Chanod, a varsity cheer captain, stated.
When making an attempt to determine on a trigger to help this 12 months, the captains shortly considered psychological well being consciousness.
“We thought of methods we may nonetheless preserve faculty spirit within the loop with positivity and psychological well being and had a really profitable dialog. We reached out to the remainder of our group they usually all cherished the concept,” Chanod stated.
The primary method the group is supporting psychological well being consciousness this 12 months is supporting the Inexperienced Out soccer recreation on Sept. 24, because the colour inexperienced is related to psychological well being consciousness. They selected the slogan for the night time, ‘We Care, You Matter’.
“We hope that it actually sticks with folks. We hope they know that cheer is at all times with them and there for them,” Chanod stated.
Chanod can be hoping to have a visitor speaker speak to them in regards to the topic and educate them even additional on the subject.
“We actually wish to keep educated on psychological well being and I believe a visitor speaker is an effective way to try this. They might assist us know extra about how you can control our personal psychological well being and how you can attain out to different folks,” she stated.
Psychological well being is one thing that Chanod personally needs to know extra about so she will be able to do extra to assist folks.
“I’ve seen some folks battle, and it has opened my eyes to not solely test on myself however others too. I at all times strive my greatest to investigate cross-check my buddies and even individuals who I’m not shut with to allow them to know I’m right here and that they don’t seem to be alone,” she stated.
The group as an entire tries to debate psychological well being collectively.
“It’s one thing that we shouldn’t keep silent about. We’re a group and we’re right here for one another. We attempt to make that clear to one another, in addition to different folks outdoors of the group,” Chanod stated.
She believes supporting this trigger has proven the group a brand new perspective on the difficulty and empowered them to make a distinction.
“I really feel my group’s eyes have been opened extra about what’s going on and what we will do about it. I’m so glad we determined to make one thing like this our trigger, and I’m blissful for the whole lot we’ll have the ability to do. I’m so fortunate to have cheer and so is Lafayette as a result of we’re a group that’s right here for everybody,” Chanod stated.
So as to promote the sport, seniors Aashish Allu, Annie Gebhart, Grace Rigabar and James Vermeersch organized a particular video message.
“The video has folks from all completely different facets of Friday night time: soccer, Escadrille, cheer, band and ROTC. We wish to emphasize that psychological well being is a lot greater than only one particular person or group of individuals, so we needed to make it a neighborhood effort,” Allu stated.
Allu believes the Inexperienced Out recreation is an indication of progress locally.
“I believe this recreation is de facto vital as a result of it reveals progress locally in speaking about such a tough subject. Individuals are turning into extra open to sharing how they really feel and supporting each other. This must be celebrated and promoted,” he stated.
Along with collaborating within the Inexperienced Out recreation and promotional video, this 12 months Lancer Regiment made necklaces designed to honor two former band members who handed away.
“All of the seniors have been speaking about it, and we determined we needed a strategy to symbolically take Matt (McMillen) and Thomas (Bedell) with all of us by the season that they, sadly, didn’t reside to see,” senior Bennet Bradley stated. “We put on them below our uniforms throughout each present and competitors.”
The necklaces include canine tags with McMillen’s and Bedell’s initials on them, in addition to guitar picks to honor McMillen and trumpet charms for Bedell. Among the tags additionally embody a yellow ribbon to characterize suicide consciousness.
“Each Matt and Thomas have been superb folks. I’m passionate in regards to the venture as a result of, greater than something, I want I may’ve gotten to know them extra,” Bradley stated.
The band members have had many conversations about their psychological well being and also have a group chat to help one another, which particularly accommodates psychological well being issues.
“This began through the pandemic to maintain up with one another, however I consider that it has advanced into far more than that, turning into a spot the place we will concentrate to one another’s psychological well being and assist folks by issues,” Bradley stated.