On Monday, March 25th, CHADS Coalition came in for Mental Health Week to discuss the facts of suicide and depression. Though it was a sad subject, it was necessary for the students to learn ways to prevent suicide and how to talk about the subject of depression.
Students were asked for their thoughts about the presentation, and junior Lauralie Grater responded, “It is a hard subject for me to discuss, since I lost my brother to suicide. It was a good way for others to learn how to prevent and identify the signs of suicide, so they don’t have to go through the same thing.”
Sophomore Jonathan Russo said, “I thought the presentation was well done-- it gave good information for such a dark topic.”
Lydia Otten, junior, replied, “I thought the presentation was really interesting. I learned so many things that I didn't know. I think all of the things I learned are going to help me when someone needs help and is suffering [from] depression or thinking about suicide.”
“I think that the presentation, although a tough topic to listen to, was very good. I was in Mrs. Schlafer's room and the lady that did our presentation made it very interesting. She even tried to make the sad topic as light as she could, and that I think helped a lot,” answered senior Lexi Oetterer.
Next, the students discussed what they took away from the presentation, and Allyssa Taylor, freshman, responded with, “I realized how to tell when someone needs help.”
“To never take someone telling me how they feel as a joke and be more empathetic,” answered senior Seth Tolar.
“If someone is planning to hurt themselves, then [I] need to speak up,” said senior Ethan Groner.
Senior Diana Ribera responded with, “I learned how to detect signs of depression, anxiety, or suicide. Even the happiest people could be broken.”
Though it is a tough subject to discuss, CHADS brought NHHS students the information they need to identify the signs of suicide and depression.