October 26, 2017, my school lost a fellow member of our community.
Our classmate killed himself and a year later he still makes an
impact on our campus everyday. Although I may have not known my
classmate on a deeper level, his suicide made an impact in my life. I
took my classmate’s death and put it to good use: to remind
students that suicide is not the route to go and there are so many
people that care about you.
his death I was assigned on the student advisory board on campus. The
Assistant Principal of Achievements, Mrs. Ross, organized 4 group of
students to identify problems about the campus from a student
perspective. After my classmate death, I was determined to bring
resources to school that can help with mental health. The student
advisory board would meet up with other schools across the San
Bernardino County three times a month in February and in March we
presented in front of state legislatures.
role in the board was bringing ideas to my group how school officials
can help students with their mental health. For instance, I explained
how guidance counselors should be trained in dealing with student’s
emotions. Another idea I brought up is bringing awareness to our
staff faculty and students. This can be done through assemblies and
mandatory conference. My role was to always make sure everyone knew
their parts for our presentation and that we were all in contact.
a leader in my student advisory board helped build my confidence in
communicating and working with other students. I now have better
communication skills with my peers whenever we work together or if I
need help. In the end, my board presented our presentation to state
legislatures. And in 2018, my school has hired 2 more school
therapies to help with student’s mental health. My passion is still
to bring awareness to our campus about mental health, because that is
never a topic to joke about.