Murrieta Mesa students took a stand against negativity this week.

IMG_8144.JPG

The suicide prevention campaign also known as "Be A Link," was the theme this week at Murrieta Mesa High.  Students participating in IHPC's mental health pipeline project (PEP) planned a week long list of lunch time activities as a follow-up to the teen suicide prevention training they received from the Riverside County department of Public Health and promote positivity on their campus while passing out suicide prevention hotline cards. Not only did they demonstrate incredible leadership and creativity, they were able to tap into messaging that would resonate with their classmates. The activities were both poignant and relevant to the issues facing teens today. Here are some of the highlights: 

Gorgeous Gems: These little notecards were handed out to students containing positive messages.

 Pop negativity.

Pop negativity.

Pop Negativity-Inflate Confidence: Green balloons were filled with positive messages on slips of paper and then inflated. Students were allowed to write a familiar negative message on the outside and then pop the balloon to reveal the positive one (see photo above).

 

 Self-love pledges.

Self-love pledges.

Self-Love Pledge: The best medicine is preventative medicine and the self-love activity gave students a chance to pledge to love themselves on a huge banner for all to see. After writing their pledge, they "signed" it with a thumb print.

Put Your Print on Negativity: A large banner was prefilled with negative words like "fat," "ugly," and "ghetto." Students covered their hands in paint and "stamped" out these thoughts. 

 Put your print on negativity!

Put your print on negativity!

27073321_1886607884684074_8722474634717283088_n.jpg

In an effort to raise awareness about cyber bullying, a large cell phone pinata covered in negative messages, was erected in the commons area. Students had the opportunity to take a swing at the phone until it broke open. There was a mad scramble to grab up the candy, positive messages, and suicide prevention hotline cards inside. These and other activities really got the student's attention because they were both fun and informative. One of the student coordinator's shared with us why this awareness campaign is so important: 

We’re looking to help people raise awareness about suicide and just the whole idea of positivity. I think it’s really important that we do this because a life is so valuable and you never know what someone is planning. You never know how big an impact you make by what you say, so it’s important to have [these activities] here so that we can [reach] many people. Everybody is important and everybody matters so it’s really important that we make sure people know that.
— Cylis Banks - Junior at Murrieta Mesa HS

We couldn't agree more!