- First published on 12 February 2020 Posted in District News
The School District of Chilton will be holding its first annual Mental Health Wellness Festival on March 5. This will be a learning event with speakers on a variety of mental wellness topics to help the Chilton community live healthy lives.
The event will be held at Chilton High School and will begin at 4:45 p.m. with a free supper. If you plan on attending, please RSVP for the meal at bit.ly/mhfestival2020 by February 26. Families are welcome, and free childcare will be provided during the next portion of the event in which guests can choose from informational sessions on mental health at both 5:30 and 6:00 p.m.
Among the choices for sessions is “Grief: Understanding the Experience of Loss” presented by Jeanette Potts, who has a master of science degree in leadership with a concentration in grief and bereavement from Marian University and holds an accredited Certification in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Another options is “Stop the Stigma: My Personal Story” presented by Michelle Lewis, a teacher at Clintonville Public Schools. For a full list of session choices, go to bit.ly/mhfestival2020.
Throughout the event, REACH, Calumet County's substance misuse prevention coalition, will have a mock bedroom on display. This display provides clues to help determine whether a child might be experimenting with drugs, tobacco or alcohol. Room décor, hidden compartments and items to conceal use are located throughout the room. REACH will also offer free materials for safe medication storage/disposal and refrigerator locks.
Then guests are encouraged to relax and take in a show as Chilton Elementary School will be performing “The Aristocats” at 7:00 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, go to www.englercenter.com.
For those not attending “The Aristocats,” a town hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. to discuss mental health in the Chilton community.
“Chilton High School is proud of the efforts we take to provide for our students’ mental wellbeing in school and beyond,” said CHS Principal Shawn Rude. “We are also proud that we can be a part of helping to build positive mental wellbeing in our community. We hope this event will provide a chance for people to connect to resources and have an enjoyable evening in the process.”
During the school day, seventh- to twelfth-grade students will attend another portion of the Mental Health Wellness Festival. Starting at 1:15 p.m., Rise Together will give a presentation in the Engler Center for the Performing Arts. They are a group of passionate storytellers and changemakers based out of Appleton, and they are on a mission to break the silence around addiction and mental health. Then at 2:00 p.m., students, teachers and administrators will go to the gym where organizations will have booths to share information and resources. There will also be fun activities, such as an inflatable obstacle course and henna tattoos.
If you are part of a local organization that offers resources to support students’ mental health, please consider joining us for the school day portion of this event to share what your organization has to offer. To learn more and/or register for a booth, please contact Suicide Prevention Committee Co-Adviser Zach Platner by February 26, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (920-849-2358, ext. 4363).
Partnering with the school district to make this event a reality are Prevent Suicide Fox Cities and REACH.
Caption: The School District of Chilton looks for every opportunity to encourage mental health awareness in our community. The second annual Mental Health Awareness Night was held at CHS on Dec. 6, as part of the evening’s boys basketball games. Among the fun activities was a piñata-smashing contest between Mrs. Kelly Moehn, a CMS and CHS teacher, and Deputy Matt Eberhardt, the district school resource officer (above), during halftime of the varsity game. The piñata represented stigma, the shame that people unjustly feel when discussing mental health.