“Mental Health Matters” to Group of Fargo Students Who Want to Help Peers
If you are struggling mentally, it can be hard to know what to do to make things better. It may seem easier to suffer in silence, because of a fear that others will not understand. But a group of North Dakota students want to make it easier for people to reach out for help.
Valley News Live did a story about three students at Fargo North High School who want to help those suffering with mental health issues. In the group, "Mental Health Matters," the members are looking to end the stigma and provide a safe space for students to open up about their struggles. Get more information about the students behind helping their peers manage their mental health here.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has data and statistics on mental health issues in children. Millions of school-aged kids live with ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, etc. According to the CDC, "Early diagnosis and appropriate services for children and their families can make a difference in the lives of children with mental disorders." You can learn more about mental health issues in children here.
As someone who grew up with the attitude of "you choose how you feel," a peer program like "Mental Health Matters" would have been a relief to me. It may just over a decade ago since I was in high school, but I vividly remember how insecure and lonely I felt at times as a teenager. If I had the opportunity to connect with other students about how I was feeling about things like school, home, sports, boys... or whatever, I may have actually enjoyed school, rather than agonized about it.
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