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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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SEP
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Feeling good about the first day of school? Chalk it up to SADD Club!

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Neon flowers, suns, and upbeat messages of welcome covered the sidewalk of Carteret High School for the first day of school, courtesy of Pathways’ Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club. SADD Club does activities throughout the year to create a positive atmosphere at CHS, increase the connection between students, and decrease bullying and isolation. Student members also work to educate peers about prevention of: suicide, substance use, driving distracted, and violence. The club strives to guide CHS students to make positive decisions at this crucial time in life, towards a path of happiness and success! Keep an eye out for upcoming events! For more information about SADD Club activities, search our prior blogs, and follow Pathways on Instagram @Pathwayssbys as well as on the Pathways sbysp Facebook page. #SADDCHS #SADD #Positivity
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JUN
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Feeding Students' Minds & Bodies

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By Jeanne Neuwirth, LCSW, Clinician and Club Advisor Pathways’ Breakfast Club celebrated a great year with a fruit smoothie party this past week! This group of students meets once per week before school to have breakfast and share dynamic discussions on relationships, body image, stress, coping skills, nutrition, and more. This year, the group consisted of about 12-15 girls who engaged in therapeutic activities to accompany each topic, and they really got into these creative projects: Gratitude journals: the girls elaborately decorated plain journals to take home and write things for which they are grateful each day, and the power of an attitude of gratitude was discussed. Glitter relaxation jars: made as a relaxation tool, to accompany a lesson about coping with anxiety. Kindness/peace rocks: we painted rocks and wrote kind messages on them, to keep or give to others, and girls reflected on the power of kind words. Vision boards:...
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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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JUN
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SADD Club Runs Several Events to Tackle Issues of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Carteret High School

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What do 300 Hershey’s Kisses, 200 hard candies, 175 fidget toys, and 6 journals add up to? More than 675 Carteret High School student-contacts by Pathway’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club members on one busy day in May! In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, hundreds of CHS students were awarded prizes by SADD Club members for answering quiz questions about mental health issues. Here’s how it worked: teams of SADD members traversed the cafeteria throughout all lunch periods, challenging students to answer questions such as: “What are two healthy ways to cope when you are very upset?,” “What are two warning signs of a person who may be suicidal?,” and “How can you help a friend struggling with depression or suicide risk?” Students were also challenged with “MYTH OR FACT?” questions related to suicide and mental health. Any student who participated received a prize, and many students helped one...
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APR
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Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety

Speaker Shares His Path to Overcoming Life-Long Anxiety
Jon Burgwin wants you to know that if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or any mental health issue, please ask for help: You deserve it. Burgwin, from Minding Your Mind, was recently invited to Carteret High School as a guest of the school’s Pathways program. 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. This is a message that is especially important to deliver in middle and high schools, since suicide is the second leading cause of death in people age 14 to 23, and the onset of most psychiatric disorders occurs in adolescence. One in four teens experiences some sort of mental health issue, yet less than 20% receive treatment. Burgwin shared that he struggled with anxiety for many years before receiving the help that eventually saved his life and...
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APR
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Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness

Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Battles Stigma by Educating Students about Mental Illness
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor As dozens of names, including Lady Gaga, Robin Williams, and Marilyn Monroe, scrolled down the screen, several hundred students over two days at Carteret Middle School and Carteret High School were challenged to guess what these people all had in common. Some guessed, “They’re all famous,” “They’re rich,” and Tricia Baker, founder of Attitudes in Reverse (AIR), nodded yes; they are all talented, productive members of society, and all have mental illness. In the past 6 years, AIR has educated more than 60,000 students in New Jersey, New York, Missouri, and Vermont about reversing the stigma surrounding mental illness. The presentation sparked questions and conversation in the classrooms, and the AIR therapy dogs, Mischa and Goober, were a calming and joyful influence. Tricia Baker’s visit to students at CMS and CHS were made possible by a grant through Middlesex County Freeholders...
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JAN
09
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Pathways/Wellspring Sponsor Assemblies to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and the Dangers of E-Cigs

Pathways/Wellspring Sponsor Assemblies to Raise Awareness of Prescription Drug Abuse and the Dangers of E-Cigs
Working in concert with the Carteret High School SAC, Veronica Pitts, Pathways SADD Club sponsored 5 assemblies to educate students and parents about prescription drug abuse and e-cigarettes. Linda Surks of Wellspring Center for Prevention, spoke movingly of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. She told the story of her son, Jason Surks, a caring, loving young man with a great sense of humor.  Jason was studying pharmacy at Rutgers University when he began abusing prescription drugs that he ordered from a pharmacy in Mexico. Although his college friends were aware his drug habits, Jason hid them from his parents--who had throughout his life talked to him about the dangers of drugs. In 2003, Linda received the call that every parent fears, her 19 year old son had died of a prescription drug overdose. By educating families and sharing Jason’s story, Linda works to help other families avoid the kind of...
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MAY
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Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide

Lunchtime Game Promotes Awareness of Mental Health Facts and Signs of Suicide
by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor In what proved to be one of SADD Club’s most successful events of the year, members roamed table to table in the Carteret High School cafeteria with bulging bags of toy prizes and candy, and managed to actively engage at least 500 peers in a quizzing game to educate students about mental health issues. Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s a great opportunity to destigmatize mental health issues and bring awareness to signs of suicide risk. A recent CDC report has revealed alarming news about suicide rates: the US rate of suicide has risen to its highest level in three decades. While New Jersey had the lowest suicide rate of among all states for many years, the suicide rate rose by 13% in a recent 2-year period. NJ’s suicide rate rose fastest for girls aged 10 to 14-- tripling...
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