United for Mental Health Awareness

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Even though the DECA national conference has been canceled, the message presented by High School West student Juliana Buonaiuto is still extremely important. Buonaiuto recently completed her DECA manual focusing on mental health awareness.

To promote the Breaking Silence campaign and its message of mental health
awareness, Buonaiuto initiated a schoolwide mental health awareness day in January. Students were asked to dress in green to show their support and wear their “break the silence” awareness wristbands.

Additionally, students signed health unity pledges at the table in front of the new mural. The mural was painted by Buonaiuto and is meant to have a lasting impact on the students of High School West. Her inspirational message reminds students on a daily basis to “keep their head up and their heart strong.” The Breaking Silence community service project also provided valuable resources for community members through the High School West weekly newsletter, providing a weekly mental health and wellness tip. The newsletter was sent to all parents and students via email and the tips offers suggestions about caring for their mental health.