KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WBAY) – While the holidays may seem cheerful and bright, for many, they bring a tremendous amount of stress.
“I think what we don’t realize is that, you know, sometimes we live in our own little bubble and we don’t see all the other people who maybe have a hard time on vacation,” said Aaron Wansweski of the Center for Suicide Awareness. .
Kaukauna High School recognizes this stress and gives students a break every day to check their mental health
The initiative they call “Merry Mental Health and a Happy New You” gives students 40 minutes to relax.
With an emphasis on gratitude, mindfulness, stress management, and the importance of mental, physical and emotional well-being, the groups have planned and will organize activities during the school’s Flex period, a period of time. regularly integrated into each school day to allow students to understand up to date with missed homework and / or participate in enrichment activities of their choice.
Events include cookie making, chess, Christmas carols, yoga, painting and more throughout the week. Video games in the library are also offered thanks to donations from the Center for Suicide Awareness.
“When you look around, for example, in the library today, or in the art room where the kids are spray painting, uh, or making cinnamon ornaments, they are working with other students. . Thank goodness the phones are down. And we actually talk to people, ”said Karla Miller-Flynn, National Honors Society advisor.
This is the third year that the National Honor Society, Ghost Crew and the Sources of Strength team at Kaukauna High School, in collaboration with the Center for Suicide Awareness, have teamed up for this initiative.
“It makes me excited to come to school knowing that people are doing a little better mentally and emotionally,” said Anna Hietpas, member of the National Honors Society.
They hope this week can help students find an outlet to return to when times get tough
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