Hopkins High School

HOPKINS — A student group at Hopkins High School has launched a mental health awareness campaign.

The group Royals United launched the campaign on Thursday, Dec. 13. About 100 students attended the presentation, which aimed to end the stigma around mental health, increase awareness on the mental health issues that affect people and provide information on the resources offered at the school.

Leah Stillman, a senior at Hopkins High School and one of the student leaders of Royals United, said in a news release that one of the reasons it’s important to reduce the stigmas around mental health is “that many students still think they’re completely alone in their struggles with mental health.”

As part of the awareness campaign, Royals United produced a campaign video that showed students and staff talking about how mental health and mental illness have affected them.

“I feel strongly that a generational shift is happening, and students today are breaking down the barrier of stigma by more openly talking about mental health from a personal lens,” Holly Magdanz, Hopkins One Voice Coalition coordinator, said in the release.

Royals United is a student-led initiative that works with staff to improve student mental health outcomes. It is co-funded by Hopkins Education Foundation and Hopkins Community Education, and a partnership between Hopkins One Voice Coalition and Hopkins High School.

In addition to the Royals United campaign, the high school has made efforts to provide additional mental health resources to students through after school counseling, yoga and therapy dogs. The school also recently opened The Wellness Center, which is staffed by a social worker, school psychologist and therapist. The center is an after-school drop-in space that students can access to get mental health and support.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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