TECUMSEH — Psychological well being was on the forefront of everybody’s thoughts at Tecumseh Center College Sept. 21.
For the primary half of the varsity day, the center faculty hosted the primary “Be Variety to Your Thoughts” psychological well being expo, in response to a information launch from the district’s communications workplace.
The thought behind the occasion was to debate scholar wellness, with psychological well being being the primary subject. The purpose was to advertise and foster psychological wellness.
The pressures of each day life are difficult even beneath the perfect circumstances. Because the COVID-19 pandemic continues, college students (and even adults) should be coping with anxiousness and stress, which might have lasting results.
The “Be Variety to Your Thoughts” occasion had a number of 25-minute minisessions that included subjects on bullying, social media, wholesome consuming, dealing with anxiousness and speaking with mother and father.
Greater than 800 college students from the center faculty took half, and over 65 folks volunteered. The volunteers included present employees, Tecumseh Excessive College college students, Tecumseh Excessive College alumni and professionals from across the state.
The thought for the occasion was launched in Could by board of schooling member Mary Tommelein. A retired faculty counselor, Tommelein helped kind a committee that met over the summer time and continued to fulfill main as much as the occasion.
When college students weren’t attending the mini-sessions, that they had alternatives to find out about volunteerism, take footage within the “Why You Matter” picture sales space and play some video games.
A motivational speaker made a visitor look. College students have been cut up up by grades and headed to the Tecumseh Middle for the Arts to listen to from the keynote speaker, Mike Smith, who held two digital classes. Smith is the manager director for The Bay, a nonprofit skatepark in Lincoln, Nebraska. He’s additionally created the nonprofit group Skate for Change, which is a company that empowers younger skate boarders to assist the homeless of their communities.
All through the 2 classes, Smith talked about his expertise of studying the significance of being variety to others and caring about folks aside from your self. He took that method late in highschool, carried it by means of school, and now in his skilled profession. He advocates for different marginalized folks in his neighborhood, such because the homeless.
At present, psychological wellness is a subject that Smith touches on routinely. He says it’s important for folks to know that it’s OK to not be OK.
“If the pandemic taught us something, it was that all of us realized we should learn to care for ourselves,” Smith stated. “The trail to transferring ahead, the trail to alter, begins from inside.”
Tecumseh Excessive College will host its first “Be Variety to Your Thoughts” occasion in December.