This quarter in STUDIO, the high school curriculum is focusing on leadership through helping plan the youth conference at Neighborhood House, an event for middle schoolers on June 28th, and the middle school curriculum is focusing on VEX robotics. Something new that we are doing in both curriculums are having the University of Washington mentors create their own TED talk about their educational and personal career journey and goals. We wanted to add this so that the youth understand what it is like for a college student to be within the STEAM field. Not only that, it helps the youth realize that they might have some similarities with the mentors, connecting more with the mentors and be able to open the conversation of what it is like for everyone about their of life journey and how they want to get to the goal that they want to achieve. Since May is known as mental health awareness month, we wanted to tell you guys about how having these relationships can help someone’s stress levels to better their mental health.
Having social support can help one cope with stress. Even just knowing that you have that support can help you cope with stress. These relationships can aid someone through a difficult time, have that opportunity to have someone to vent to, or to obtain advice about a stressful situation. We know we do it. Not every relationship has to have all of these factors in it, but having that someone to go to can make a crappy situation better.
We can see the sense of relief from the interaction between the youth and the mentors. STUDIO has become place for the youth, outside of school and home, where they can relax and have fun in their own terms. Even though the youth don’t know much about what mental health might be or how it affects them, they are already implementing self-care strategies and let themselves enjoy every moment that they can. Self-care is important to have to not only destress, but to also feel like you are in control of what is happening around you.
https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/InjuryandViolencePrevention/SuicidePrevention/InCrisis - This website is from the Department of Health. It contains a lot of information about resources you can go to if you need help, need someone to talk to, or want to help volunteer to provide these resource for someone else.
Mental health is part of everyone’s life and can affect you not only mentally, but physically too. So take care of yourself and your needs and try to do something for yourself every once in a while, whether that is going out on a walk, buying yourself chocolate, or giving yourself a nice, relaxing bubble bath.