By: Ruth Efe
It’s senior year. I’m supposed to be having the time of my life, taking less challenging classes and taking it easy. But that’s not the case. Instead, I’m drowning in schoolwork and the early deadlines for colleges are not helping. It’s funny how people say it’s what’s on the inside that counts when the whole college process involves people determining who you are based on grades and test scores, and at that point in my college process, I didn’t have my best grades or test scores.
I was heading to my locker preparing myself for another day of drudgery when I saw something written on my locker: “You are more than your grades.” I was instantly taken aback by this and smiled at the words. I looked around to see there were other things written on the other lockers too: “Don’t forget to smile,” “You can do this,” and “You are loved.”
As I asked around, I found out the work was a part of Sources of Strength’s Messaging Campaign. But what is Sources of Strength? I sat down to talk with, Junior Leah Endler to find out more about this new club.
“It’s student lead,” she told me, “We meet to come up with what projects were are going to do.”
She went on to talk about how it’s a nationwide organization, sharing encouragement and supporting activism for improving mental health in youth. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 3 million people in America, from the age 12-17, reported to have had at least one major depression episode in 2015 alone. This amounts to 12.5% of that age group. And that was only counting the “major” ones. There is clearly a need for improvement in the mental health of adolescents and Sources of Strength is part of that movement to change that.
Leah, like the rest of these student leaders want to, as she said, “get the word out” about having mental strength in the face of all that is going on in our academic and social lives.
And for all of us, from seniors to freshmen, yes this is a difficult season of our lives but if we keep going, keep at least some of our sanity, and remember, it’s not the end of the world if things don’t go as planned, then it will be alright.
If you are interested in as Leah calls it, a “cool and important art-based” club, make sure to find your way to their meetings during TAP or late start to get on board with their next project! Contact Mrs. Vickery (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.