Lake Forest High School is marking National Mental Health Awareness Month with events including a 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.
Decision Day is when accepted college applicants across the country must decide which school they'll attend in the fall. This is a day of high emotion and, for some, significant anxiety. Paws for Patrick works to ensure that young people have access to emotional support animals to help them cope with mental health issues.
LFHS is also participating 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, LFHS will distribute green ribbon pins and Text-A-Tip cards 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 staff will also host an art therapy rock painting activity in lunch periods during National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Nearly one in five Americans lives with mental health. If you would like to talk to someone or have a friend who may need emotional support, our Counseling and Core Teams are available and ready to provide assistance.