Hear Me Now: Let's Talk is a documentary that focuses on the stories of seven students at Greece Arcadia High School. The goal of this documentary is to bring to light the importance of student voice and input in school policy. We wanted to give these students the opportunity to be heard without judgement or fear of being ignored.
As of February 2020, our documentary is now complete and the trailer is available for viewing on our YouTube. The full documentary will be released on YouTube in March 2020 following the official premiere of the film in our school community.
We are currently trying to raise money for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Golisano Children's Hospital here in Rochester, NY.
CPEP is for people dealing with a psychiatric crisis, particularly those who are at risk of hurting themselves or someone else. During this process, you see several doctors, nurses, and social workers, who will determine what the next step will be; from CPEP, a person is either admitted to an inpatient or partial program, or referred to outpatient services.
This process can take a lot of time, especially if someone is waiting for admission to inpatient; it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, and all of that time is spent on the couches and chairs, which are in need of an upgrade. Help us make this experience a little bit better for all of the children, teenagers, and relatives who go through CPEP every day.
Hear Me Now will be hosting a community walk on May 9, 2020 to fundraise and raise awareness for this cause.
Our work in suicide prevention initiative takes place during suicide prevention week in September every year. We have placed encouraging messages on every locker in our school and provided information on mental health resources as well as coping mechanisms.
If you or a loved one is struggling with suicide, you are not alone. Please visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for more information.
The Community Project is a new program which focuses on the effects of mental health within minority communities. We are interviewing students about their experiences with mental health and how those experiences have been affected by the various aspects of race. These students' stories will be available on our blog.