CPS launches ‘Please Stay’ campaign to combat mental health issues intensified by COVID pandemic

CPS launches ‘Please Stay’ campaign to combat mental health issues intensified by COVID pandemic

CHICAGO (TOC) — It was a teenage disaster earlier than COVID, and educators say the pandemic has solely made psychological well being points a lot worse.

“They’re manifesting in methods we now have by no means seen earlier than and it is soul crushing to see on a day-to-day foundation,” stated Amundsen Excessive Faculty Principal Anna Pavichevich.

In an effort to assist seventh via twelfth grade college students, Chicago Public Faculties is launching a psychological well being and suicide prevention marketing campaign known as Please Keep.” CPS is the primary college district within the nation to roll it out.

“We designed it to be one thing principals can take and run with and match into no matter their college is doing in commemoration of psychological well being month,” stated Michael Roy of the CPS “Please Keep” marketing campaign.

Amundsen Excessive Faculty’s principal and assistant principal are planning a complete Psychological Well being Week subsequent week.

“All the scholars throughout the course of the day are going to have a category the place they’ll do some form of reflection and consider themselves,” stated Amundsen Assistant Principal Cybill Ortiz.

It should contain all academics, workers and college students.

“We need to proceed normalizing conversations the place college students could be educated and know the indicators,” Pavichevich stated.

College students will even be proven a CPS video with college students doing many of the speaking. As well as, college students will even take a pledge by which they comply with keep alive and attain out for assist if wanted.

“This a chance to say what assets are on this constructing and the place do I am going and what’s their identify, who’s the counselor and social employee,” Roy stated.

Faculties will even assist college students and their households with join with out outdoors assets. However principals say extra of these are wanted and the Chicago Academics Union has continued to push for extra educated adults in faculties.

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