The suicide prevention campaign also known as "Be A Link," was the theme this week at Murrieta Mesa High. Students participating in IHPC's mental health pipeline project (PEP) planned a week long list of lunch time activities as a follow-up to the teen suicide prevention training they received from the Riverside County department of Public Health and promote positivity on their campus while passing out suicide prevention hotline cards. Not only did they demonstrate incredible leadership and creativity, they were able to tap into messaging that would resonate with their classmates. The activities were both poignant and relevant to the issues facing teens today. Here are some of the highlights:
Gorgeous Gems: These little notecards were handed out to students containing positive messages.
Pop Negativity-Inflate Confidence: Green balloons were filled with positive messages on slips of paper and then inflated. Students were allowed to write a familiar negative message on the outside and then pop the balloon to reveal the positive one (see photo above).
Self-Love Pledge: The best medicine is preventative medicine and the self-love activity gave students a chance to pledge to love themselves on a huge banner for all to see. After writing their pledge, they "signed" it with a thumb print.
Put Your Print on Negativity: A large banner was prefilled with negative words like "fat," "ugly," and "ghetto." Students covered their hands in paint and "stamped" out these thoughts.
In an effort to raise awareness about cyber bullying, a large cell phone pinata covered in negative messages, was erected in the commons area. Students had the opportunity to take a swing at the phone until it broke open. There was a mad scramble to grab up the candy, positive messages, and suicide prevention hotline cards inside. These and other activities really got the student's attention because they were both fun and informative. One of the student coordinator's shared with us why this awareness campaign is so important:
We couldn't agree more!