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LFHS Marks Mental Health Awareness Month

LFHS students and staff members participated in Scouts Rock, an experiential rock painting activity


More than 300 LFHS students and staff members participated in Scouts Rock, an experiential rock painting activity, held May 21 as Part of National Mental Health Awareness Month.

The event, led by Educational Services and the Special Education Department, focused on coping, having fun, and connecting, said Director of Special Education Jenny Sterpin.

“It was a great day of connecting to ensure that everyone knows that they are not alone, that help exists, and we will provide the mental health support needed to heal, recover, and thrive,” she said, adding that nearly one in five Americans live with a mental health condition.

Other LFHS events to mark the month included the May 3 Decision Day 2021 lunchtime visit from emotional support dogs in partnership with Paws for Patrick, the non-profit organization that honors the memory of Lake Forest High School student Patrick Roemer. Paws for Patrick dogs also attended the LFHS Prom.

LFHS also participated in Paws for Patrick’s “Turn Our Towns Green” campaign, an effort to raise awareness and break the stigma of mental health. On May 21, green ribbon pins and Text-A-Tip cards were distributed to students and staff. Text-A-Tip is an anonymous text-communication system for young people who need immediate mental health assistance for themselves or for a friend.

LFHS students and staff members participated in Scouts Rock, an experiential rock painting activity