Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues and helping students at Beckman

October 20, 2019


Bethany Bowers

Junior Camryn Harris’ succulent and pin from the stress-free activity and the pin activity, respectively.

IRVINE ‒ Arnold O. Beckman High School’s Mental Health Week took place from Monday, Oct. 7, to Friday, Oct. 11. Mental Health Week is a school-wide event to raise awareness about mental health and show the students that they are not alone. During this week, trusted resources like teachers, nurses, psychologists and administrators are involved to encourage students.


All school administrators were given neon green ribbon pins to wear on their chests to show their support for the mental health awareness cause. Jason Vaca, a coach at Beckman, wore the green ribbon on his chest throughout the entire week in and out of school campus.


“I love how Beckman notices the scary reality of what teenage students in this generation really go through” says administration Jason Vaca.


The activities that took place during lunch drew in many students to learn more about the importance of mental health. Activities included art projects, succulent giveaways, button making and slime creating, which were meant to help the students destress and have fun. 


“My friend Carina Vo-Ta made me a button with my name on it,” says junior Camryn Harris, “When she gave me the button it really made me smile and think about how thoughtful it was.” 


Camryn also adds, “On Wednesday, succulents were being handed out, and I got one, and every night I keep it by my bed, and it reminds [me] to stop stressing as much”. 


Coach Jason Vaca proudly wears his green ribbon.

Green Ribbon Club, a club that emphasizes the importance of mental health awareness, participated in Friday’s activities.  


“This week allows awareness to be brought to the mental health community,” says senior and club member Vienna Yung. “This impacts people as it pushes people towards stopping the stigma against mental health, which is Green Ribbon Club’s ultimate goal”.  


Clubs, administration, students and adults on campus stress the importance of teen mental health issues to help create a safe place where anyone can get help. This week’s goal is to bring awareness amongst the Beckman students and make these topics less of a veiled matter. 


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