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YLinK Hosts CCCHS Mental Health Awareness Day

The CCCHS Chapter of YLinK hosted a Mental Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, November 16th.

All CCCHS students were given the opportunity to travel to the District Gym during their lunch hour to participate in a presentation by Erin Hammel, the owner of The Happy Hippie. Ms. Hammel shared with the group strategies for managing stress including breathing and stretching exercises. The district therapy dogs were also available to students.

Everyone attending received a goodie bag that included a stress balls, fidget spinner, gum, and mints (all tools for stress management) were provided by Pawnee Mental Health, Stillwell Counseling Services, and Mellies Mental Wellness. A Mental Health Self-Assessment and list of mental health resources in our community were also included.

When asked why the YLinK leaders chose to host this event, member Izzy Blackwood said, “One of our focus areas for YLinK this year is to reduce the stigma that is associated with mental health. Also we wanted to help our fellow students learn about tools and support systems they can access to deal productively with stress.”

Aubrey Schlesner replied, ”This is a way to express our concern for the mental health of our fellow students. It also allows us to show kids that the is someone they can talk to and a lot of people who care about them”

Door prizes of a Warmie, donated by Ginger’s Uptown, was won by Isley Lee. A fuzzy hunting dog puppy blanket, donated by Tractor Supply Company was presented to Carter Graham.

Youth Leaders in Kansas-YLinK is a student-led organization that is sponsored by the Clay Counts Coalition and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. If you would like to support our local chapter, contact sponsor Lori Martin at the Clay County Health Department.

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