Students from Riverhead High School created posters and kits to help reduce stigma about mental illness and promote positive mental health.

“In the first quarter of the school year, we explored the differences between mental health and mental illness and the role both play in our lives and in society,” said health education teacher Lindsay Lindenbaum. “In our lessons on mental health, we learned about stress responses, stress management techniques, human motivation and sources of strength and comfort.”

The lessons culminated in two projects to demonstrate how much the students learned. The first project was to create an informational flyer about a mental illness to minimize the stigma around it including signs, symptoms and treatment. The second project was to create kits donated to South Oaks Hospital that included journals, coloring books, stuffed animals, letters of support and encouragment and other relaxing items.

“We are so proud of our students for combating the harmful stigma accompanying mental illness and compassionately providing support to others in their community,” said Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Augustine E. Tornatore.

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