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While depression and anxiety are often the most common and talked about teen mental illnesses, many teenagers struggle with a multitude of other illnesses. It is important for parents, teachers, and teens themselves to not overlook mental health, and to take the necessary steps to prevent and combat mental illnesses, such as limiting social media.

Social media damages teens’ mental health

By Caitlin Murphy, Staff Writer March 3, 2021

TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat all have one thing in common: they are forms of social media. Social media has many benefits for teens, such as keeping them in touch with friends, building communication...

The counseling department made this one pager to easily show resources to use if you or someone you know is going through mental health issues.

SOS lessons on depression are out of touch

By Allison Jacobs, Editor in Chief March 1, 2021

At the end of the first semester, juniors and seniors had SOS lessons focused on depression in their English classes. The lessons included a video, as well as a presentation and a discussion from the counselor...

Being pent up at home, socially isolated from others, can lead to detrimental consequences to one's mental health. Taking the time for self care is important during these hard times.

Self care in the time of COVID-19: how to combat pandemic fatigue

By Emily Zhang, Features Editor December 10, 2020

As cases continue to surge across the U.S., citizens are tired of the bottled up feelings of social isolation. While it is important to follow new, stricter public health guidelines to limit the spread,...

Dillian George's mental health has gone down the drain because she misses school sports and doesn't have motivation to do her school work.  She procrastinates in school and wants to have that social interaction that she had on school and the relationships with her teachers.

COVID-19 takes a toll on student mental health

By Jack Gans, Photo Manager November 29, 2020

Since the start of the school year, students around the country have been participating in online school which has affected their mental health in many ways for the better or worse. In some cases, the...

Therapy dogs were at school Tuesday and Thursday roaming the halls and provided a much needed stress relief for students.

Mental health awareness week comes to WCHS

By Emma Chen, Observations Editor February 6, 2020

The week of November 11th at WCHS was Mental Health Awareness week. November as a whole is Mental Health Awareness month, and this was the was WCHS was implementing self care into the students' schedules. On...

Students in high schools around the country are opening up about how they are feeling and about their mental health to help those around them.

Possible changes push to improve mental health at WCHS

By Anna Kronthal, Opinions Editor June 5, 2019

A high school teacher from San Francisco has gone viral after making a poster that allows students to indicate how they are feeling mentally with colorful post-it notes. This innovative type of mental...

The MCPS Mental Health Fair was held on October 27th.

MCPS Mental Health Fair educates students

By Eliza Asbury, Online Editor-in-Chief November 1, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Julius West Middle School, the Office of Student and Family Support and Engagement held the MCPS Mental Health Fair in accordance with Mental Health...

Sources of Strength will be replaced by the new mental health club, Thrive.

New mental health club brings positive message

By Bradley Furgerson and Eli Gordon January 2, 2018

The CHS counseling department has developed a new stress management and mental health club called Thrive in order to help students identify healthy stress-relieving activities and maintain good mental...

Stop the stigma surrounding mental health

Stop the stigma surrounding mental health

By Eugenia Cardinale, Observations Editor May 27, 2015

When I was in middle school, I used to cut myself. One day, one of my teachers made a joke about cutting. I sat there and watched my whole class laugh at an issue I was struggling with. It took me over...

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks about mental health at the Newseum March 5.

CHS students attend national campaign on mental health

By Danielle Kiefer and Hannah Yasharoff March 11, 2015

Give an Hour, a nonprofit organization that helps provide veterans and their families with volunteer mental health professionals, launched their Campaign to Change Direction at the Newseum March 5 to help...

NHS walks to raise mental health awareness

NHS walks to raise mental health awareness

By Birttany Goodman, News Editor December 3, 2013

Members of the National Honors Society (NHS) are striving to increase awareness for mental health during the 2013-14 academic school year. "Our main goal is to actually make a difference and to take action...

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