Well­nessDay­help­sLHS stu­dentsover­comeis­sues

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING GROWTH - By Brianda Dunk­ley

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.

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