Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are commemorating Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May! Education and awareness around the topic of mental health is critical as
17% of youth ages 6-17 years of age experience or live with a mental health disorder and 70% of all people experiencing mental health disorders do not receive treatment
(NAMI). Even more sobering; death by suicide is the second leading death in people ages 10-24 (NAMI). Mental illness does not discriminate against race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. Talking about mental health is even more relevant this year, as youth and adults alike navigate life during a pandemic. Feelings of isolation and loneliness are prevalent for everyone right now, but even more so for those with a mental health disorder. Not only is it important to remain vigilant and mindful of our kids' mental health, but our own as well. By talking about mental health disorders as well advocating for equitable services for all, we normalize the topic - and avoid giving power to the shame those experiencing mental illness may face.
We hope you find the following resources useful in understanding more about mental health disorders, as well as accessing necessary services.
We are in this together!
There is no shame in acknowledging our mental health is as important as our physical health and seeking services when we struggle to navigate our challenges alone.
Acknowledging our struggles and asking for help is brave and strong. We are FAIRVIEW STRONG!
Mental Health Awareness Spirit Week
(May 11- May 15, 2020)
Tweet your spirit day photos to @FPSchools
Monday - Mellow Monday
: Wear your PJs to relieve stress and lower your cortisol (stress hormone) levels.
Tuesday - Twin Tuesday
: Team up against stress! Dress like a friend because you aren't alone.
Wednesday - Wear Green Wednesday
: Wear green for mental health awareness. Green represents the green light to reach out for help when needed.
Thursday - Tie Dye Thursday
: Colors can represent a wide range of emotions. It's okay to express them all!
Friday - Warrior Family Friday
: Wear your spirit gear to show your support of our Warrior family!
In the event of an emergency, please contact:
Fairview Park Police Department (440) 333-1234
Cuyahoga County Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline: (216) 623-6888
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Crisis Text Line: Text "Support" or "4hope" to 741741
Tweet at the Lifeline: @800273TALK