Stark County Schools Mental Health 2022
Stark County Schools Mental Health Week brings together 15 high schools from 14 Stark County School Districts to incorporate a full week of positive mental health messaging for elementary, middle and high school students in each district.
Stark County Schools Mental Health Week is brought to you by AultCare, Stark County Mental Health Addiction and Recovery (StarkMHAR), Kent State University -Stark Campus, State Farm agent Michael Dougan, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and CommQuest Services.
The week incorporates age appropriate messages at each level, from posters to be hung in schools, morning announcements and positive JPEG images for middle and high school students.
This year, 27 high school students from 15 area high schools volunteered to be Student Mental Health Champions. These student champions created a unity video and 30 self-care video tips to share with their peers on C&A's social media platform and share with their school districts. Hearing a message from a peer who is facing similar circumstances and struggles is a powerful message. The singular unifying message to all Stark County students is you are not alone.
The Ohio State University Head Football Coach Ryan Day tapes a message for students. Please click to listen to his inspiring message on the importance of physical and mental health.
Each participating school district receives posters to be placed and hung in their schools buildings.
Positive self-care reminders
Elementary students in participating school districts will receive an erasable bookmark. These bookmarks enable students to write a positive mental health or self-care message and keep in a book the student is reading. Over the course of time, a student can change out the message on the book mark. The message on the bookmark provides a positive re-enforcement each day.
Middle school students will each receive a mood changing pencil. This clever wood pencil reflects how you feel! Heat from your hands causes the color on the pencil to change as you write. Middle school students will also have JPEG images with positive self-care sayings emailed to them daily during the week.