The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

The School Newspaper of Winston Churchill High School.

The Observer

To de-stress and collect her thoughts WCHS senior Sophia Danpino writes in her journal. Journaling as a coping mechanism is a positive outlet for her feelings.

Students combat the stigma against mental health

By Ananya Pandit, Assistant Features Editor December 2, 2022

Cloudy afternoons, heavy backpacks and late nights chipping farther and farther into sleep. With the knee-deep stresses of the end of the first quarter, these patterns begin to set in. For some, the routine...

As a part of Mental Health Awareness Week, students drew positie messages in the bus loop on Oct. 11 during lunch. These activities are another one of WCHSs efforts to push for better student wellness.

MCPS strives to bridge mental health resources with students

By Caroline Harless, Observations Editor October 20, 2022

For most students, high school leads to a lot of stress. Between class assignments, homework, extracurricular activities and more, it can be difficult for students to stay afloat. This added stress worsens...

WCHS junior Emma Datch takes advantage of class time and catching up on assignments that she is behind on.

WCHS implements catch up days to support students

By Sneha David, Assistant Online Editor October 11, 2022

Many students can find themselves overwhelmed and stressed when they fall behind on work. Making an effort to eliminate this stress, WCHS has now implemented “catch-up days”, a day each month where...

On the second day of mental health awareness week, the Thrive Club encouraged WCHS students to leave positive chalk messages on the sidewalk.

Mental health tips for students to deal with stress

By Jordan Pashkoff, Arts Editor December 8, 2021

As students are well into the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year, it is important for students to check in on themselves. In-person learning is back in swing and the pressures that might have...

Lily Braun, the WCHS School Psychologist, is located in Room 115A. Working together with the Special Education and Counseling departments, she plays a crucial role in students wellbeings.

School psychologist opens door for mental health

By Ha-Yeon Jeon, Opinions Editor November 25, 2021

Walk down the main office hallway, pass the Health room, Mailroom and the College & Career Center. Keep walking down the counseling hallway and take a left into room 155A, right into an office unnoticed...

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 ones 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 Georges mental health has gone down the drain because she misses school sports and doesnt 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...

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