OCEAN CITY, NJ – To help students overcome stress and anxiety, Ocean City High School is launching a new club focused on mental health. The new club is supported by a $ 1,000 grant provided by the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative.
Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said the new club offers students the opportunity to lead programming, discussions and activities on mental health topics after school hours and virtually.
The club will be affiliated with the Our Minds Matter movement, which aims to change the school culture around mental health and provide young people with tools to develop and maintain mental and physical health.
“The pandemic has underscored the need for a student group focused on promoting mental health, as many face fear, anxiety, depression and loneliness due to the health crisis.” , OCHS Wellness Team Leader Jill Berenato said in a statement. “The Our Minds Matter Club will allow students to come together virtually, if necessary, to begin activities immediately after the club is approved by the Board of Directors in early 2021.”
The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children grant will support OMM club leaders in planning activities that reinforce healthy behaviors, including after-school yoga, meditation, lectures or workshops to help students develop coping skills to better manage stress and anxiety and to practice self-worrying.
OCHS OMM aims to organize monthly activities to promote mental health and well-being among the whole school community. The club will run weeklong campaigns several times during the school year that focus on one aspect of mental health, such as breaking the stigma around mental health issues or sharing coping strategies during times of stress. raised.
“Our research has shown that this is something our students will definitely benefit from, and this funding will help us move forward quickly, at a time when the need for activities and support systems that promote positive mental health is. so great, ”said Lauren Gunther, Director of Student Services and Curriculum Coordinator at OCSD.