Eleventh and twelfth graders at Austintown Fitch High School enjoyed a morning of music and conversation Friday as part of a thank you for their efforts in raising money for people battling mental health issues. This past fall the life literature class entered a national campaign known as The Storytellers to help raise awareness about mental health issues. The campaign encourages schools to start conversations among its student body to help erase the stigma.
"The stigma and the shame really actually leaves so many of us kind of struggling in silence and believing we are the only one and when that is the case we can't really talk about it and often we don't know that there really is help and really is treatment and that things like counseling really do work," said licensed mental health counselor Aaron Moore with The Storytellers.
Through the program, the life literature class was required to host community and fundraising events. They collected more than $3000 thousand dollars for the campaign within a two month period.