Wellness Club brings suicide awareness resources to CHS

Club puts on a carnival and dramatic performance to let Colton students know they are not alone if they are suffering with mental health issues


Evelin Villa

The Wellness Club hosted Suicide Prevention Week activities on Sept. 15-16 to support student awareness and provide resources for those in need.

Colton, CA—On September 15 and 16, the Wellness Center hosted suicde awareness and prevention activities during both lunches. 

Sponsored by the Wellness Club, club members set up booths to support student mental health.

At one booth, students wrote positive messages on sticky notes for others. Another booth featured a spin wheel, which spun out prizes. Finally, a third booth was dedicated to creating pledges to help those with mental health concerns. The booth also offered friendship bracelets and face painting.

The Wellness Club also performed a skit on the stage in the Cafetorium to dramatize the importance of speaking out when in crisis.

“It is a really good idea to spread [awareness] that suicides are going on,”  said Julio Jauregui, Wellness Club president. He added that it’s important for CHS students to know “they’re not alone and they can reach out to us.”

Suicide Prevention Week is an annual awareness campaign established by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Every September, schools nationwide set up suicide prevention activities for students in need.

In addition to offering fun activities, the Wellness Center provides resources to students who are struggling with mental health, suicidal ideation, and depression. They want students to know that a national crisis center is available 24 hours. Simply call or text 988 to be put in touch with a crisis counselor for support and more resources.

Ms. Villa said ”I was excited that many students participated, it just filled my cup seeing many groups of student promoting the suicide prevention.”