Canyon High Selected to Participate in Teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program

Canyon High Selected to Participate in Teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot Program


. Meaghan: THE BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION FOUNDATION WAS FOUNDED IN 2012 BY LADY GAGA AND HER MOTHER. THE GOAL IS TO CREATE A BRAVER AND KINDER WORLD BY SUPPORTING THE MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE. THE FOUNDATION HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TO BRING IN TEEN MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID PILOT PROGRAM TO SELECT HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. NOW, CANYON HIGH SCHOOL IS ONE OF 35 SCHOOLS SELECTED FOR THE PROGRAM AND HERE TO TELL US ALL ABOUT IT, THE PORTABLE SEVEN SQUAD. BY THE WAY, THEY GAVE ME A SHIRT. I FEEL SO COOL AND SO EXCITED TO BE PART OF ONE OF THE COOLEST CLUBS I KNOW. YOU GIRLS HAVE ROCKED CANYON I.S.D. YOU’RE DOING AMAZING THINGS. THIS IS JUST ADDING ONE MORE THING TO THAT LIST. SO TELL ME IT A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM. IT’S DESIGNED FOR GRADES 10-12, AND IT’S A FIVE-WEEK COURSE THAT WE WILL DELIVER TO SOPHOMORES AT CANYON HIGH, HELPING STUDENTS IDENTIFY MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS AMONG THEIR PEERS, HOW TO MAKE THEM FEEL SAFE AND HOW TO TALK TO ADULTS. I THINK THE THING THAT MAKES THIS ONE SO EXCEPTIONAL IS IT’S PEER BASED. IT’S STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS, RIGHT? YEAH. Meaghan: THAT’S WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. ABSOLUTELY. JUST BECAUSE WITH OUR TEENS, THEY’RE IN THE FRONT LINES. THEY’RE GOING TO NOTICE THAT A FRIEND OR A PEER IS GOING TO BE STRUGGLING BEFORE AN ADULT WILL. GIVING THEM THESE TOOLS TO HAVE IN THEIR TOOL BELT AND THESE SKILLS TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THOSE THINGS AND MAKE THOSE HEAVY THINGS THAT JUST LAND ON THEIR PLATE, GIVE THEM THOSE TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO THEN HANDLE IT. Meaghan: DON’T YOU THINK IT DESTIGMATIZED MENTAL HEALTH AND GETS THAT CONVERSATION GOING? ABSOLUTELY. Meaghan: WHY CANYON HIGH? WHY WAS THIS SUCH AN IMPORTANT THING FOR CANYON HIGH TO DO, AND WHY DID THEY GET IT? WE TALKED WITH OUR DISTRICT ADMIN, AND WE JUST THOUGHT THAT, YOU KNOW, CANYON HIGH IS — THEY ARE SO SUPPORTIVE OF EVERYTHING THAT WE DO AS A TEAM, AND SO WE FILLED OUT THIS LENGTHY APPLICATION, AND WE WERE CHOSEN OUT OF ONE OF THE 35, YOU KNOW, NATIONWIDE, AND THERE WAS OVER 200 APPLICATIONS. SO CANYON HIGH IS SO SUPPORTIVE. WE DID A MENTAL HEALTH PEP RALLY TODAY TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THE ALL THE SOFT MORSE ALL THE CHANGES THAT ARE GOING TO HAPPEN. THEY REDID THEIR WHOLE SCHEDULE ON WEDNESDAY, SO THEY’RE DOING LIKE A WELLNESS WEDNESDAY. AND EVERYBODY IS RECEIVING SOME KIND OF SERVICE. SO LIKE FRESHMAN WILL DO A DRUGS PROGRAM. WE’RE DOING THIS WITH THE SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS ARE DOING SOMETHING, AND THEN THE SENIORS ARE ALSO DOING SOMETHING. I THINK THEY’RE DOING SOME SAT PREP AND SOME COLLEGE CAREERS AND LEADERSHIP. Meaghan: THIS IS SO COOL. YOU KNOW, IT DOES HAVE LADY GAGA’S NAME ATTACHED TO IT, WHICH I THINK PROBABLY LENDS TO THE COOL FACTOR. YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. Meaghan: EVERYBODY LOVES A LITTLE LADY GAGA. IT’S GAGA. SO THIS IS GOING THE START PRETTY SOON? YES. WE — THE THREE OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS ARE TRAINED. WE HELP OUT 30 STUDENTS IN EACH CLASS. SO WE’LL START NEXT WEEK FOR OUR FIRST ROUND OF ABOUT 100 STUDENTS. WITH WE’LL TAKE THEM THROUGH FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS AND THEN WE’LL START BACK AFTER CHRISTMAS BREAK AND TRAIN THE REST OF THE SOPHOMORE CLASS. Meaghan: I THINK THIS IS SO FANTASTIC. SO FABULOUS. THE WORK YOU GUYS ARE DOING IS GETTING NOTICED, YOU KNOW? I THINK THAT’S THE THING. THIS IS A GRIND, AND I KNOW THAT MENTAL HEALTH, YOU DON’T SEE THE CHANGES, YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU SEE SOMETIMES IMPROVEMENTS IN TEST SCORES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE INTANGIBLES. ABSOLUTELY. Meaghan: THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK. THANKS FOR BEING A MEMBER. Meaghan: I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD. GIRLS, THANK Y’ALL SO MUCH. WE’LL HAVE MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM OVER ON MYHIGHPLAINS.COM SOME IF YOU WANT TO CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF, YOU CAN READ UP ON IT, AS WELL. COMING UP NEXT, A FAMILY

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