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Reaching out during tough times is more important now than ever before

Mental Health Awareness signs and posters are hanging around the hallways of SAHS. Over the past decade, depression and anxiety has increased in students.

Charlie Valerius, Online Editor

April 20, 2020

Throughout the entire world population, mental health has become a major worldwide concern. Over the past decade, depression and anxiety diagnoses have increased in the school population. The stress of school, work, relationships and other responsibilities can pile onto teenagers at a fast rate.  ...

Back to school PSA shows new reality of going to school

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Mia Lucido, Distribution Editor

October 1, 2019

Gun violence, especially in schools, is a prevalent topic in today’s society. The Sandy Hook Promise Organization put out a video PSA entitled “Back to School Essentials” urging viewers to know the signs to help end gun violence. The video shows students using school supplies to protect and save themselves in a scho...

Mental health courses spread awareness

Junior Parker Mock enjoys exercising to have a healthy mind, especially in the winter.

Annika Brown, Business Editor

February 13, 2019

Mental illness and teen suicide rates are sharply rising. Concerns with the negative effects of social media, bullying in schools and school shootings have prompted parents and educators to think about offering mental health classes in high schools. Mental health courses should be an option in high schoo...

Mental health issues rise in teens

Sophmores Emma Villarreal and Camryn Hartwig study for a chemistry test. They stay after school for extra help for multiple classes to understand their  work to their best ability.

Maria Supan, Business Editor

January 5, 2019

Throughout the teen population, mental health has become a worldwide problem. Anxiety and stress can affect a teenager's daily lives, relationships with others and above all, physical health. An increasing number of teenagers walk around with a mental illness, and is undiagnosed. The rise of teen and young adults poor psychological well-being has increased dramatically throughou...

EIC Column: peer counseling program long overdue

EIC Column: peer counseling program long overdue

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

November 6, 2018

With three deaths within three years in the Stillwater school district, the ISD 834 school board finally took the initiative to create a mental health program for middle and high school students. It's easy to feel unheard in our school district, but if there's any cause that's important for them to actually tun...

Paula O’Loughlin runs for State Representative

Photo republished with permisson from Stillwater Area High School

Kenzie Coyle, Layout Editor

November 5, 2017

School board member Paula O’Loughlin has made many difficult decisions on the board, which has now led to her decision to run for State Representative. O’Loughlin has been a part of the school board since 2014 and has made many difficult decisions that she and the board felt were needed for the district. She will ru...

School start times take toll on mental health

School start times take toll on mental health

Ashlyn Aarness, Photographer

December 2, 2016

Early morning and late, homework-filled nights. This is the life of a typical high school student. More and more schools are switching over to a later start time to increase productivity. Thought Exchange is changing the game for our district. Stillwater School District has had this discussion ...

Wellness Center supporting self-change

The Wellness Center is full of specialists who are eager to help. You can speak with a mental health expert, or a chemical therapist.

Nick Carlson, Field Reporter

February 10, 2016

High School is a time for students to have fun, lay down the final preparations for what they are going to do in life, and pursue their passions. Unfortunately sometimes this is not the case, simply because life is difficult at times. However, the Wellness Center serves as resource for students...

Maintaining healthy lifestyle through body and mind

Rachel LeMire, Photographer

February 27, 2015

Staying in shape can be a difficult task, especially during the cold winters that keep us inside. While some try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, others participate in rigorous exercise programs. Now more than ever, there are countless ways to stay healthy. From at home workout systems,...

Government shooting away mental health concerns

Photo by Natalie Gjermo

Paul Hudachek

May 21, 2014

Here is a question: how many people have to get shot before the nation starts critically considering the government’s system of dealing with mental health concerns? It is easy to chalk up each of the recent mass shootings to gun control problems, or people who were just crazy. The serious concern, how...

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