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SADD Takes Steps to Raise Suicide Awareness

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by Jeanne Neuwirth, LSW, Pathways Clinician and SADD Club Advisor Sharpie markers hovered in the hands of students over a banner while they thoughtfully considered their responses to the question posed, “How Can You Support Someone Who Is Feeling Down?” Pathway’s SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) at Carteret High School took a multipronged approach to National Suicide Prevention Week/Month this year, with several activities that encouraged students to be more aware of the warning signs of suicide, and be supportive of people who may have suicidal feelings. Throughout lunch periods in the cafeteria on 9/11, nearly 100 students wrote on the banner their methods for raising other’s spirits. Some advice was simple and straightforward: “Be nice,” Give them a hug,” “Try to make them laugh,” “Love them for who they are,” “Be someone’s smile,” “Tell them, “You have a purpose.” Others offered these insights: “Every day is a new day,...
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Pathways Completes Another Successful Summer Camp!

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by Jelysa Hernandez, LSW, Pathways Clinician and PALS Club Advisor What did you do over the summer? A familiar question for children everywhere. If you are a teenager, the answer isn’t always very exciting. However, if you went to Pathways summer program it would be. Our participants can say they met new people, found a best friend, learned yoga and kickboxing, painted an jungle landscape, saw life size sculptures, went to a water park and an amusement park, learned about suicide and met a therapy dog, learned a love of theater or dance and most importantly found their ability to be silly. This year, camp was composed of 47 Carteret youth between the ages of 13-18 who came daily for four weeks from 9:30-2:30. Participants pay a small registration fee and do not have to pay any additional fees for weekly trips. A delicious and nutritious lunch is also provided free...
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JUN
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Pathways Records Another Banner Year

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This past year (2016/2017) has been an incredible one for the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program located in Carteret High School. Pathways provides clinical and support services to the students of Carteret High School. Everyday students utilize the Pathways services to assist them in coping with stressors of adolescent life, mental health issues, family or peer conflict, and academic issues. The program also assists students in setting and achieving goals for their future, both short and long term. Students also find their way to the Pathways office daily during their lunch period to come to a safe quiet space and be amongst friends. They come to play games, do homework, sit quietly or chat with staff. Students remark regularly that Pathways is “their home away from home,” a “safe space with people who care about them.” This past year, the Pathways Program provided individual counseling to 182 youth and provided...
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Carteret Proclaims GSA Day

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This past Saturday marked a special day for Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance Club and the borough of Carteret as June 10th, 2017 was proclaimed Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Day by Mayor Daniel Reiman. The borough honored GSA day by conducting a Pride flag raising ceremony at the Memorial Municipal Building of Carteret. Mayor Daniel Reiman acknowledged the importance of GSA groups in schools and highlighted the positive impacts GSAs have on youth identifying as LGBT. The ceremony, led by the mayor, included a moving poetry reading by Carteret High School alumni and founding GSA member. A current senior and GSA member honored the lives lost last June in the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting with heartfelt words and a moment of silence. Congressman Frank Pallone was in attendance and shared a few words regarding his support of the LGBT community and participation in Pride events. The Pathways GSA presented the...
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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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Day of Silence: The Voices You Are Not Hearing

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By Anna Pepe On April 28th, Pathways Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Carteret High School participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence. Over ninety students participated by taking a vow of silence to show their support for the LGBT community and to raise awareness of the silencing effects of harassment and bullying of LGBT youth. The number of participants doubled from 2016, with students reporting that “silence was visible this year”. All participants wore a yellow badge for the day where they noted their reason for participation. Student reasons included support for peers, ending injustices towards the LGBT community, standing up for those who don’t have a voice to defend themselves, and acknowledging that love is love. Students “broke the silence” at Pathways after school where they touched on the challenges and excitement around the event. Students aspire to continue to spread their message and involve more students in each subsequent...
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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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Monster Mini Golf with Dads

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An active, involved, positive father role has numerous effects on all aspects of a young person’s life. Many feel that the role that fathers play in their children’s life has been downplayed and marginalized, adding to the fatherless crisis we now face. The State of NJ, Department of Children and Families has made fatherhood a priority issue. In addition to the many other programs and educational efforts, school based youth services programs across the state have made efforts to educate communities about the importance of father involvement, as well as to engage fathers in positive activities with their children. On Saturday April 8th The Pathways Program sponsored a mini golf event for children in 3-5th grades and their fathers or father figures. This is Pathways’ second event this year that focused on supporting and celebrating the important role that fathers have in their children’s life. This event was made possible through...
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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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SADD “KISSING” BOOTH RAISES AWARENESS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

SADD “KISSING” BOOTH RAISES AWARENESS FOR TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
By Jacqulean Salib In honor of Teen Dating Awareness Month, Carteret High School SADD Club members held a “kissing” booth in the cafeteria on Valentine’s Day to educate fellow peers on teen dating violence. Students were given a chance to spin the wheel and answer questions pertaining to dating violence and healthy relationships. Students received a Hershey Kiss for each question they answered. Students were also able to purchase carnations at the “Kissing” booth for a $1 donation, and raised $100 for Women Aware. Dating violence is a widespread issue with serious long-term and short-term effects. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 21% of female high school students and 10% of male high school students experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence. Several students were unaware of the signs and effects of dating violence. The “kissing” booth provided students with a good learning experience as well as an awareness...
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