Near the end of the school year, William Floyd High School rising junior Mikayla Dennis and her assistant principal, David Quartarone, spearheaded a campaign to bring awareness to mental health and to help reduce its stigma within the school community. Mikayla’s goal was to educate her peers on the prevalence of mental health issues and the importance of understanding that mental illness can be managed by treatment.
As part of this effort, students received informational brochures about mental health and where to find help within the school building. Students also had the opportunity to purchase, “Stop the Stigma” bracelets, in which all the proceeds collected were donated to the Family Service League. In less than two hours, more than 100 bracelets were sold and approximately 400 brochures reached the hands of students. Mikayla and Mr. Quartarone hope to build upon and expand this mental health awareness campaign next school year. The Family Service League also shared this fundraiser in letters and emails with their supporters!