JAN
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CHS Students Set the Bar High for 2019

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, SADD Club Advisor Pathways’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club hung a glittery banner reminiscent of a New Year’s Eve disco ball in the Carteret High School cafeteria and invited students to ponder the question, “ What Are You Working Towards in 2019? ” This prompted students to consider their futures in terms of everyday matters but also in broader ways such as what kind of person they strive to be. Throughout four lunch periods nearly one hundred shared their positive goals for 2019 on the poster. Students offered all kinds of ambitions—academic goals, mental health goals, and physical goals. Some goals were: “Honor Roll all 4 marking periods” “Get better at basketball” “Ignore negative energy” “Pass chemistry” “To find happiness in everything I do!” “Get a scholarship” “Improve as a person, and to stop procrastinating” “Get more friends” “Get into my dream school and get my...
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DEC
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Pathways' SADD Club Launches Efforts to Reduce Suicide

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Pathways' SADD Club members educate students about the 2nd Floor Helpline in an effort to reduce suicide and provide support in times of need. Throughout all lunch periods, 11 SADD Club members plus the Pathways' advisors succeeded in getting 250 students to enter the Helpline number into their phones. Students who didn’t have phones were given Helpline wallet cards. 2nd Floor Helpline is a anonymous/confidential 24/7 hotline for youth and teens to get support and solutions for the problems they face. To link to the 2nd Floor Helpline online, please go to: https://www.2ndfloor.org/
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MAY
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Pathways’ SADD Club Demystifies Mental Health Questions

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor With giant foam dice in one hand and a bucket full of toys in the other, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club crisscrossed the Carteret High School cafeteria throughout all lunch periods challenging students to roll the dice and then answer the questions written on them for a chance to win a prize. The activity was for Mental Health Awareness Month, and so queries ranged from the simple, “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?” to the more challenging “Myth or Fact?” questions. Informative table tents were placed on every table for students to review while they waited their turn; these described the Warning Signs of Suicide, Ways to Cope With Negative Feelings, and How to Help a Friend Who is Struggling with MH Issues. When students were stumped by a question, their peers...
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APR
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Speaker Shares Moving Personal Story to Help Others Find a Path to Mental Wellness

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Kristen Harootunian was a regular 9 year old girl in the eyes of her peers and a high achieving “A” student in the eyes of her teachers. The truth however, she shared, was that she was struggling with undiagnosed depression and anxiety. Harootunian, from Minding Your Mind, was recently invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways program to share her personal story. Minding Your Mind works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, and to get the word out that mental health disorders are treatable and treatment is available. While her home, and indeed her life, looked typical on outside, inside, Kristen was a caregiver to her mother who had alcoholism, anorexia, and suicidal ideation. Her father was often out of town on business and her brothers were busy with sports, and so she...
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