My teacher dedicated a large portion of the year to global warming. I found myself bored by her lessons at first, ignorantly thinking of them as repetitive and irritating. And then, I really started paying attention as I noticed some changes in the real world.
This was not a suicide attempt. This was the precursor. This was the consideration. I should’ve called a helpline. Or texted. Or called my psychiatrist. I should’ve done something to help me recover.
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The week of my job shadow was National Crime Victims Rights Week. I was moved by the survivors’ stories. Three words that are important: strength, resilience and justice.
As a child, I was always bullied for my size, the way I spoke, the hearing aids I wore, my interests and occasionally my skin color. Once I began to combat the bullying — witty comebacks or removing myself from the negative environment — it ceased to occur.
Reading the book, I wished to hand it off to everyone in my life to explain, “This is me. I am Starr. This is what I feel.”
“I have always planned on going to a college in the U.S., but people have suggested looking at schools in other countries because of the current political climate in the U.S.”
Preparing for my 10-hour commitment, I set my moisturizer, shea butter and laptop on the corner of the mahogany dining room table. As daylight faded into darkness, I sat, parting my freshly washed hair into square sections and attaching the synthetic hair to the roots of my natural hair like my late aunt Holly taught me.
Getting ready to transition out of high school, I am learning much about myself, what makes me happy and most notably about how I undercut myself.