Columbia High School emphasizes mental health for freshmen

On Sept. 23, Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez hosted Dr. Mykee Fowlin – “psychologist, performer and poet” – for an annual freshman assembly on “bullying, identity and self-esteem.

The assembly, funded by the Maplewood Lions Club, served as an introduction to the upcoming Respect Week in October and capped off CHS activities around Suicide Prevention Awareness Monthan observation made all the more urgent after the death of CHS student Cole Longworth last year.

In an email, Sanchez updated families of freshmen on other materials such as information from the Suicide Awareness Hotline that is now on the back of every new student ID card. student identity. “We also educated our first-year students on the mental health resources we have here at Columbia. Sanchez wrote, “You can also sit down with your child and review the CHS Consultation Website to learn more about the academic and mental health supports we offer.

If you or someone you know is in trouble or in crisis call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Sanchez ended the email by writing, “The transition to a big high school like Columbia is exciting, but it’s also challenging. While we are so proud of the success of many of our first year students, we also need your help to let us know if your child is struggling. Together, we can ensure that your child has the best possible high school experience! »

From CHS Director Frank Sanchez:

Dear 9th grade families

Today we had the good fortune to welcome back the CHS favourite, Dr Mykee Fowlin, a psychologist, interpreter and poet, for an assembly for our first-year students. It’s always one of the highlights of the year as Dr. Fowlin always brings his A game when he talks to our Grade 9 students about bullying, identity and self-esteem. .

We thank the donation from the Maplewood Lions Club which helped fund this assembly which we held this week as part of September being Suicide Awareness Month and in preparation for Respect Week in October. It was clear from the way the students were engaged that they appreciated Dr. Fowlin’s message. In fact, we hope the assembly can be part of your family’s dinner discussion tonight or later on the weekend! (You might want to ask your child about the sushi restaurant teacup.)

M/s. [Melissa] Butler and I would also like to remind parents that our students have brand new ID cards with life-saving suicide awareness hotlines on the back of each card. We have also educated our first-year students on the mental health resources we have here at Columbia. We thank Dr. Taylor and the Board of Education for continuing to support these measures. You can also sit down with your child and review the CHS Consultation Website to learn more about the academic and mental health supports we offer. (Two counselors led first-grade parent night last; you will find the link to the video below at the end of the email.)

Transitioning to a great high school like Columbia is exciting, but it’s also challenging. While we are so proud of the success of many of our first year students, we also need your help to let us know if your child is struggling. Together, we can ensure that your child has the best high school experience possible!

Thank you, Frank

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