On Wednesday April 22, Landmark High School in Spanish Fork held a “wellness day.” Students had the opportunity to meet a bunch of different members of the community and listen to their stories. They talked to the students about their experiences in life with depression and drug abuse. It was a good experience because students were able to see how depression, mental illness and drug abuse can affect everyone.
The presenters talked to the students about how because of drug use, they lost everything. Some of the presenters who came even lost their children to the state because of how bad their drug use was getting. This opened the eyes of many of the students because they don’t want to be in that position. Some presenters talked about suicide and how they had lost several of their loved ones because they didn’t feel like they had any help. Other presenters had even attempted to kill themselves at one point or even several times. But they survived and came to Landmark to tell their stories to those students. They encouraged the students and helped them understand that there is help and that life does get better.
More schools should do a wellness day. It helps to open students’ eyes because they may not realize what they are setting themselves up for by doing drugs. Maybe someone out there doesn’t see things getting any better with their constant battle against depression. The wellness day was a good opportunity to know that there are other people who understand what we are going through, who have been through what we have been through, and felt the ways that we felt, and we just know we aren’t alone.