In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, Hope and Beyond-Mental Health Matters was created to be a community-wide webinar held on October 26, 2021. The event was planned by our Stop Tigard Underage Drinking and Drug Use (STUDD) students . The students identified the need to address mental health and wellness due to an increase in drinking and drug use as a coping mechanism during the pandemic. We set several goals for our activities:
Address mental health and substance use awareness
Build a safe school environment where everyone feels welcome
Educate and raise awareness concerning use of alcohol, marijuana, and vaping and other drugs/Help students understand how to cope with stress and anxiety
Decrease stigma around mental health/Build support system for all students and help reduce alcohol and drug use
In addition, Tigard Turns the Tide Coalition provided resources and educational materials including prevention videos featuring Dr. Amy Stoebe, a clinical child and adolescent psychologist. The project was introduced to the school’s health classes. Some students created posters which were placed around the school. And, the STUDD students created a social media campaign.
Links: Videos by students: http://www.tigardturnsthetide.org/hope-and-beyond and webinar presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6EAd6TBiiI