Ending the Silence Presented By NAMI at Irving Middle School
On April 11, 2018, presenters from the Metro Suburban chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) presented their Ending the Silence Program to approximately 180 seventh graders in Science classes at Irving Middle School in Maywood. This presentation aims to provide young people with information and skills to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in themselves or others, as well as to reduce stigma about talking and addressing mental illness.
Students discussed the negative stigma associated with having or talking about mental health issues, as well as the impact of this stigma on students' lives in and outside of school. Part of this presentation includes a presentation by a volunteer speaker, sharing their personal story of mental health struggles. Students were engaged throughout the presentation, asking questions of the presenter and the speaker.
This is the second year that the Loyola SBHC has brought Ending the Silence to Irving MS 7th graders; NAMI will return to Irving on 5/1/18 to give this presentation to 8th grade Science classes.
Ann Edgington, LCSW
Proviso SBHC Named a Public Health Champion!
Every year during National Public Health Week and National Minority Health Month (April), the Illinois Dept of Public Health recognizes individuals and organizations for their efforts in promoting health, prevention and advancing health equity. These honorees, known as Public Health Champions, demonstrate leadership, courage, and commitment in their support and efforts to improve the community's health. Furthermore, honorees are forward-thinking and visionary in striving to develop and implement innovative programs.
SBHC Annual Student Health Fair Was Held on March 27-28, 2018
The annual Health Fair is a much-anticipated two-day event. Loyola Nursing, Dietetic, Public Health, Social Work and Medical students design and staff booths on health topics relevant to adolescents and their families. Eighteen PEHS students also designed and staffed booths to educate their peers about their favorite health topics.
Loyola Nursing, Dietetic, Public Health, Social Work and Medical students design and staff booths on health topics relevant to adolescents and their families. Eighteen PEHS students also designed and staffed booths to educate their peers about their favorite health topics.
This year there was a total of 56 interactive health education booths offered in the gym each day. PEHS students, along with their teachers, attended the health fair in groups during their health, physical education, or ROTC classes. All students had an opportunity to learn about avoiding risky behaviors and keeping themselves healthy so they can succeed in school.
Annual School-Based Health Center Lobby Day in Springfield
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, the Loyola School-Based Health Center staff and Proviso East High School (PEHS) teachers accompanied a bus load of 29 eager and excited students to Springfield, IL for the annual School-Based Health Center lobby day. The goal was to educate legislators and advocate for a fair state budget, which includes funding for school health centers across the state.
Students from Proviso East High School were among young leaders from thirteen Illinois schools who spoke with local legislators about the importance of school health centers. Many PEHS students shared their stories and how the school health center has helped them thrive physically and emotionally so they can stay engaged in school and succeed.
This event was fully funded by EverThrive Illinois, a policy organization that houses the Illinois School Based Health Alliance. We are very proud of our students for having the courage to share their stories.