Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School

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Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School

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Making our mark in any medium... the official student news of Normal Community High School

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Governor Pritzker’s high school mental health legislation goes into effect in January - Community students and staff share their thoughts and reactions.

Students, staff react to new mental health law

Abby Ruebush, Senior Staff Reporter Nov 16, 2021

Illinois students may take five excused “mental health days” under a law effective in January, prompting conflicting reactions at Community. In August, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified what was already a critical issue -- teen mental health. The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, according to the World Health Organization, impacting both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling adult lives.

Teen mental health: an epidemic during the pandemic

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 15, 2021

Teen mental health is an ongoing issue, one made worse by the pandemic. Beyond the regular stressors of the teenage years, an estimated 10-20% of adolescents globally, according to the World Health Organization...

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Coping with stress

Coping with stress

Self-help strategies to handle stress healthily
Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Mar 2, 2021
"Practicing consistent self-care is valuable for our mental health and keeps our minds and emotions in check," guidance counselor Mrs. Kristi Chase said. "I always encourage my students to take breaks and to get outside whenever possible." Here are several coping techniques recommended by mental health professionals that could help relieve stress.
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Mental health stigmas are impacting teens’ ability to receive help.

Suffering in Silence: Teens struggle to seek mental health services

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 25, 2020

When it comes to mental health, teens don’t often reach out for help. According to a June 2020 National 4‑H Council survey, 65% of teens reported that they deal with their feelings on their own, while...

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Survey reports that the Covid-19 pandemic is having an impact on teen mental health.

COVID-19 affects teen mental health

Laynee Scheck, Print Editor Nov 9, 2020

Isolation. Stress. Anxiety. Depression.  All side-effects of a global pandemic. Teens across the country face unforeseen challenges as they navigate school, jobs, and relationships during the ongoing...

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