This episode was co-produced with students from PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
When rappers like Logic brought attention to suicide at the 2018 Grammys, they raised awareness of a serious issue affecting teens. The high-profile performance also encouraged many young people to speak out, breaking the stigma that often surrounds mental health issues. As a result, schools are working to respond with programs that include building peer support networks. Yet, there is still work to be done. Add your voice to the ongoing discussion about what schools can do to support students’ mental health. And remember: Bring empathy and openness as well as your ideas.
Elevate the discussion with a Make & Share: Make a photo collage or photo essay of people, places or activities that make you happy and promote your mental health. Tell us why in the captions. Share your self care!
Do you need help getting started? Use these sentence frames to begin your response.
Be a good ambassador for your school and community.
Welcome perspectives different from your own.
Be positive and assume positive intent by others.
Respond thoughtfully using evidence and cite your sources.
Use respectful language at all times.