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North Tech Promotes Self-Care and Mental Health Awareness

Jan. 18, 2024 - Thanks to the dedicated student services staff at North Tech, students spent a day in December focused on learning how to take care of themselves and their mental health. 

Multiple agencies offered presentations and activities throughout the day. Students during both the morning and afternoon sessions rotated through them as they explored managing stress, healing from trauma, practicing mindfulness, and so much more.

Participating agencies included Youth In Need, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Victim of Violence Program, Preferred Family Health, The Spot STL, Megan Meier Foundation, Covering House, Epworth, Community Health, and SSD’s FACE (Family and Community Engagement). Additional presenters were Dr. Greg Hungerford, SSD EPS, who offered a lesson on mindfulness; Officer Neil French, who taught the dos and don'ts of traffic stops; and Librarian Greg Sadler, who shared stress-reducing apps and device management. Instructors Allison Bender and Andee Champion led a yoga activity, and Angie Keyes, Alicia Schenck, and Julie Wilson led a keychain affirmations activity.

Duo Dogs were on hand for snuggles, and Willow Wakeley-Smith, a social worker from Ackerman, also brought a therapy duck for student interactions! Students who participated in a survey were entered into a drawing to win donated gift cards from Chick-fil-A and Raising Cane.

A gallery of photos from the event shows what an outstanding and supportive event this was for our students. The student services team continues demonstrating its commitment to ensuring all students get what they need to succeed.