Foley Middle Anti-Bullying Assembly

 

Foley Middle School Peer Helpers recently held an assembly to talk about the dangers of bullying.  The committee consisting of Kayleigh Sherman, Jackson Zabala, Kiana Nielson, Bryce Ridenour, and Catherine Gutherie worked with the Student Government Vice President and Officer Lebron Williams to encourage students to be up standers and not bystanders. The Peer Helpers reviewed the Anti-Bullying Contract with the student body.

Shatter The Silence: Community Suicide Awareness Event

Suicide is a word not easily spoken and we wanted to start the conversation. The Shatter the Silence event that was held on September 11th brought communities together, built awareness around suicide and mental health, and provided resources for parents, teachers and community members.Thank you to all agencies and schools who were represented. We want to thank Baldwin County Public Schools, AltaPointe Health, and Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services.
The JCMF’s Co-Founder, Frances Holk-Jones; was one of the guest speakers. Frances shared her share perspective and journey of losing a 16-year-old child to suicide. She discussed the effects it had on the parent and family unit as a whole and why she believed there is no shame in seeking help during troubling times.
Discussion was had about youth today, suicide warning signs, when and where to get help, school-based mental health services and much more.

Pictured: Daphne Middle School Peer Helpers, Frances Holk-Jones,  Allison Faircloth, JCMF Executive Director; Fairhope High School Peer Helper, Lauren Deane; Marina Simpson, Executive Director of United Way of Baldwin County; Carl Jones, JCMF Executive Board Member JCMF; Patrice Davis, Intervention Supervisor

Baldwin County Public School System; and Anthony Sampson, Director of Prevention and Support Baldwin County Public Schools.

Back To School: Mental Health Tips for Parents

Heading back to school is an exciting time for children and families, but changes in schools, teachers, friends and routines can also make it a stressful one. Did you know that children spend more than 1,000 hours at school? Mental health conditions can affect any person regardless of age, gender or income. Below are some helpful tips to stay on top of your child’s mental wellness.

1. Stay involved in your kids’ lives, and know who their friends are. Kids can sometimes cover up the fact that they are being bullied, so knowing their friends, their friends’ parents, and the school environment, will allow you to see if your child has a healthy relationship with their peers.


2. Make yourself known to your kids’ teachers. It’s important teachers are comfortable talking with you, especially if they notice a change in your child’s behavior.

3. Make sure your kids eat a healthful breakfast and a nutritious lunch, and that they are getting plenty of exercise. This will help their mental and physical health, plus it will improve their confidence and give them the energy they need to succeed in the classroom and on the playing field.

4. For parents who just dropped your child off for their first day of school, I know some of you may be a bit emotional today. It’s OK to call and check on your kid at school by calling the office. This will definitely ease any anxiety you may be feeling.

5. When your kids get home from school, ask how their day was, if they made any new friends, and if they like their teacher. Give them a hug and know that tomorrow’s school day will be even better than today.

Christ The King Peer Helpers Welcome New Students