October 29-30th, 2020
Teens for Healthy Youth (THY) at Hilton Head Island Prep School (HHP) launched a project called “Stress Can Be Scary”. The group distributed festive Halloween cards that read, “Stress Can Be Scary. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help” with candy to 220 of their peers in the upper school. THY at HHP recognized that the circumstances produced by COVID-19 have brought about additional stressors and that can lead to substance use, anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation which are on the rise nationwide. The teens wanted their peers to know they care about the mental health of their peers and that they can seek support from school leaders if they are facing challenges dealing with stress. Teens for Healthy Youth plan to focus on stress throughout the year and see it has a very pertinent teen health issue.