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Upper Scioto Valley holds first Mental Health Day

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Instead of holding regular classes on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Upper Scioto Valley surprised their students with a day totally devoted to their mental health. Instead of holding regular classes on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Upper Scioto Valley surprised their students with a day totally devoted to their mental health.
The school is not afraid to take on the difficult subjects if that is what their students need. The school is not afraid to take on the difficult subjects if that is what their students need.

It was the first day back for students at Upper Scioto Valley but they did not get the school day they were expecting.

"I want them to know that we care here," says Student Advocate Danny Holbrook.

Instead of holding regular classes on Thursday, January 11, 2018, Upper Scioto Valley surprised their students with a day totally devoted to their mental health. Students rotated through nine sessions discussing a wide range of topics from depression and suicide prevention to drugs and alcohol. Senior Myranda Holbrook says it was a nice reminder that students have a  support system within their school.

"I think it's really helpful," says Myranda Holbrook. "It's nice to know that our teachers are here for us and caring, and it's really nice to know that we have people we can talk to and there is help that we can get."

Holding Mental Health Days like this one is one way the school is proactive in dealing with the struggles their students face in and out of class. Danny Holbrook says the school is not afraid to take on the difficult subjects if that is what their students need.

"If we can get to them early and we can get them the help that they need, and we can recognize where they're struggling at," says Danny Holbrook. "We can really tackle these problems and we're not afraid to do that here. And we can't solve everything, but if we can get them in the right direction and get them with the right people they need, we're going to be successful."

While many of the topics were serious, the school also focused on some lighter things like dating, yoga, and a self-defense course taught by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. Speaker Bethany Gibson, a School Navigator with the Family Resource Center, says bringing these discussions into the schools offers students a safe outlet to discuss topics they may be curious about.

"I feel like at the age they're at, they are very curious about what's going on and this is a good way to help them understand and to explore that curiosity in a safe environment."

Danny Holbrook says the school hopes to put on a Mental Health Day every year to make sure their students feel supported.

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