Mental health awareness fair
Eighth graders to explore mental health at awareness fair
Posted on 10/07/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Eighth graders to explore mental health at awareness fairEighth grade students from Canutillo ISD explored what mental health is and how important it is to their overall health at the fair Monday, October 7, 2019, at Alderete Middle School.

Various agencies including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), hosted the “Ending the Silence” rally to give mental health awareness a voice as well as having take-away relaxation and mental health activities from CISD counselors.

“Through this event, we are teaching young students to be self-aware of mental health issues, recognizing various symptoms, and then be confident enough to ask for help,” said Nicole Morales, District Lead Counselor at Canutillo. “This truly is a collaborative effort from both CISD and our community mental health partners.”

Other agencies that participated in the fair were Río Vista Behavioral Health, Peak Behavioral Health, and El Paso Behavioral Health System. There was an inflatable brain, brain break activities for students, and information on the importance of mental health. Parents were also invited to attend.

Approximately 1 in 5 youth, aged 13–18 (21.4%), experiences a mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%. Canutillo ISD is dedicated to ensuring its families, individuals and educators get the support and information they need.