Mental Health Awareness Week

April 18-21, 2016: Mental Health Awareness Week at Oakton High School

This past April, JAF supported Oakton HS in putting on its very first Mental Health Awareness Week! Here is an article in the Oakton Outlook, the school’s student newspaper, detailing what happened on each day of the week. On Monday, speaker Pablo Campos visited the school and gave a presentation on his experiences with ADHD, depression, and substance use while in high […]

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December 9th, 2014 – West Potomac Wellness Day

“Thank you so much for the Stress Less, Laugh More materials!  We had a wonderful West Potomac Pyramid Wellness Day on December 9, and we shared the buttons and cards with the other schools in the pyramid.  School counselors here greeted students as they came in the front door.  We had a banner in the […]

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December 8-12, 2014: Maggie Bertram speaks to approx. 1,000 students during Madison High School’s Mental Wellness Week

Maggie Bertram, a member of the Active Minds Speaker’s Bureau, shared her powerful story of struggling with anxiety and an eating disorder while in college, as she tried to portray the “perfect image” of herself to others. Yet on the inside, she felt lost and only until confronting her mental health disorders and seeking treatment, […]

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April 21 – 25, 2014: Wellness Week at Cedar Lane School

The first annual Wellness Week at Cedar Lane School in Vienna, VA was a success with staff and kids! JAF supported the program by providing Laugh More buttons, 1-in-4 buttons, Benefits of Laughter postcards, Get Help postcards and Laugh More stickers.   Daily themes and activities: Laugh More Monday: What Makes You Laugh? Share jokes; […]

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December 2-6, 2013: Mental Wellness Week at Centreville HS & Jordan Burnham Speaks at Both Centreville and Chantilly High Schools

December 2 – 6, 2013 – Centreville High School’s Mental Wellness Week   Mellow Monday: Students watched a “Healthy Living Tips” video Water bottles were distributed before school with “Stress Less Smile More” stickers emphasizing the importance of staying hydrated Mellow music played during lunch to provide a calm, stress-less atmosphere Kids wore pajamas to […]

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April 29 – May 3, 2013: Mental Wellness Week at John Champe High School

JAF was pleased to support John Champe High School’s 1st annual Mental Wellness Week by providing Laugh More buttons, resource materials and free yoga to staff and students.  JCHS is a brand new high school in Loudoun County.   Their Director of School Counseling was Josh’s counselor at South Lakes HS and is a firm […]

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April 16 – 19, 2013: 2nd Annual Mental Wellness Week at South Lakes High School

Since last year’s Mental Wellness Week (see post), South Lakes HS has officially started an Active Minds club which sponsored this year’s highly visible and impactful week. Tuesday:  “Reducing Stress” – activities in the cafeteria during all lunches will be focused on sharing ideas on how to reduce stress.  Depression screening of the junior class.   […]

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April 15-19, 2013: Mental Health Awareness Week At Lake Braddock HS/MS

“47 LB students attempted suicide last year.”  This heart-dropping sentence begins the article, Mental Health Awareness deserves more than a week, in Lake Braddock High School’s paper, written by editor-in-chief, Divya Williams.  This is one of the most head-on, straight-forward articles that we have seen printed in a school paper thus far.  Other sobering stats are […]

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May 2 – 9, 2012 – South Lakes HS Mental Wellness Week

Students, counseling staff and administration collaborated on and implemented an entire week of programs to educate students on mental health issues.  Each day had a theme and targeted activities. Monday: “Welcome to Mental Wellness Week” –  Students wrote something that they liked about themselves/what they would not change on a sticky note and posted on […]

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