Notes from the event:
- A lot of people expressed that there’s a lot of ignorance as well misinformation or too vague of an understanding when it comes to mental health. Which might be causing the issue of mishandling students who deal with it whether severe or mild.
- Being able to combat the impact of the changes in the world by being mindful. Mindfulness came up, and it was shared that Curtis HS designates a day every week during PE to address this with mindfulness skills
- The Staten Island Justice center is open to the wellness council presenting at one of their many youth programs
- Lack of promotion for resources.
- Initiating a conversation about the roles of elected officials and knowing the difference between them, being educated on the roles of those we elect will promote more young people voting in smaller elections as well.
- There is an interest and the need for bystander intervention to be taught beyond K-12 (in colleges, etc)
- The Equity Alliance of Staten Island says they would love to have more youth voices.
- Curtis wants to set up restorative circles
- Most adults who didn’t state whether they were tied to an organization or project, committed to creating an environment that promotes these conversations and supporting the emotional well-being of students.
- There’s an overall consensus that believes that we should tackle the lack of awareness in the mental health department.