DC Everest 9th graders particpate in mental health wellness day

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WESTON, Wis. (WSAW) -- The D. C. Everest Junior High partnered with the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin Tuesday to host a day long Mental Wellness Event.

Nearly 450 ninth graders took part in a series of learning sessions and wellness activities designed to reduce the stigma related to mental health disorders and to promote wellbeing.

"We had been screening students in the district on different mental health issues and what we were finding was rates on things like depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts were very, very high in this area," said Hilary Steltenpohl, a medical student.

Studies indicate that only about 36 percent of children affected by mental health issues receive mental health services. And one-third of adolescents do not receive preventative healthcare visits, thus missing the opportunity to speak with a healthcare professional about mental health concerns they may have.

Topics included how social media affect mental health, academic anxiety, teen dating violence and several others.