BOCA RATON, Fla. — As we wrap up Psychological Well being Consciousness Month on Monday, Boca Raton Group Excessive College goes the additional mile to verify nobody feels alone.
The varsity began a psychological well being initiative known as “Motivational Mondays,” and it is connecting college students and employees members in methods they by no means imagined.
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Tales from all corners of the Boca Raton Group Excessive College campus are being informed, from the principal to academics to college students, even the person behind the mission himself.
“Morale is down clearly with COVID, the pandemic, and social distancing and isolation,” mentioned instructor Jordan Hernandez. “So administration got here to me and mentioned, hey, how can we increase morale right here? And so we got here up with the concept of ‘Motivational Mondays.'”
“Motivational Mondays” is a weekly produced interview with a member of the Boca Raton Group Excessive College household speaking about their very own life struggles and the best way to overcome them.
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“To attempt to meet folks the place they’re at, of their want, of their wrestle, and simply to encourage and uplift them,” Hernandez mentioned. “To know, right here’s a number of the tales of what we’ve gone via and the way we obtained higher. And hopefully it is going to make the distinction for you.”
In his video, senior Daniel Freidin spoke about rising up with Autism Spectrum Dysfunction and the way he fashioned friendships at the highschool.
“Actually, it makes me really feel good to know I am serving to out different individuals who is likely to be in an analogous scenario as I used to be in,” Freidin mentioned.
Seeing different classmates and academics share their experiences motivated Freidin to speak about his personal.
“It confirmed me that I actually shouldn’t be nervous sharing my very own story since different folks have the arrogance to share theirs,” Freidin mentioned.
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Working behind the scenes on the movies, Kaitlyn Thomas mentioned she is seeing necessary adjustments in her college’s tradition.
“Really attending to edit [Daniel’s] story, I felt this complete new connection to certainly one of my greatest mates. It was actually eye opening,” Thomas mentioned. “Due to ‘Motivational Mondays’ we’re in a position to be extra weak with our class.”
“It is actually put this new unity and group that we now have right here in school,” Hernandez mentioned. “That is been motivating and uplifting.”
Creating connections wanted now greater than ever.
“In case you are feeling wired about something, it is all going to be OK in the long run,” Freidin mentioned. “Simply preserve transferring and every little thing will work out simply tremendous.”
Hernandez additionally began the “We Dine Collectively” program at Boca Raton Group Excessive College a number of years in the past which gained nationwide consideration. He hopes to proceed with “Motivational Mondays” subsequent college 12 months and develop extra assets like podcasts to maintain the dialog going.
“We will inspire, encourage, and simply let college students and academics know it is OK to wrestle and it is OK to be troubled and even depressed,” Hernandez mentioned. “We speak about the best way to get assist and the best way to be resilient.”
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