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"In order for you to appreciate the light,

you must understand the darkness"

~ Sheri Marcantuono

#IAMFREE 

A MINDFULNESS CURRICULUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Facts About

Anxiety, Depression, AND SUICIDE 

Ages 15 -24

Anxiety and Depression

41.6% of students suffer from anxiety

36.4% of students suffer from depression. 

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Suicide 

1990 there were 4.3% deaths caused by suicide

2016 there were 6.1% deaths caused by suicide

In 2017 6,252 people died by suicide

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death of people ages 15-24.

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

It is important to know that mental health conditions can begin to develop in children

under the age of 15. 

It is how we show up for them that our youth can learn to process behaviors, actions, and reactions.

Why should students

breathe and be mindful?

#IAMFREE provides high school students lifelong tools for success including; breathing, boundaries, acceptance, and freedom.  With social media and the need for instant gratification, students face stresses and anxieties that are limiting their growth.

Students need the tools, and #IAMFREE has them.  

 

By providing these high school students how to use the tools, allows them to positively explore and express themselves without judgment and find freedom from stress, anxiety, self-harm, depression, and much more.  

Sheri shares her personal experiences towards mindfulness and her personal discovery of acknowledgment, awareness, and forgiveness.  

 

Sheri's interactive approach allows students to realize they are not alone.  #IAMFREE allows for the ability to activate and restore their emotional well-being, help redirect negative thoughts, actions, even reactions. 

Sheri offers #IAMFREE for teacher in-service and workshops.

 

Coming soon #IAMFREE Curriculum Workbook

 

STUDENT DATA

151 students from Oakcrest High School have seen and interacted with  

Sheri's presentation in their classroom.

Below are two survey questions that were taken from the 5 question survey given.

Results are based upon 151 students.

 

Dates range from

2018/2019 School Year

March 9, 2019 - May 22, 2019

187 students from Oakcrest High School have seen and interacted with  

Sheri's presentation in their classroom.

Below are two survey questions that were taken from the 5 question survey given.

Results are based upon 187 students.

 

Dates range from

2019/2020 school year

September 12, 2019 - October 3, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mental health includes our social and emotional well-being.  Some signs can be found early in age and overlooked. 

- Changes in school performance

- Excessive worry or anxiety

- Excessive worry of being hurt, or violated with no valid justification 

- Frequent nightmares

- Frequent disobedience or aggression

- Frequent temper tantrums

​The list below can be some common symptoms and signs of mental health including suicidal thoughts for people 15 years and older.

- Talking about wanting to die or killing themselves

- Talking or saying they are hopeless or have nothing to live for

- Excessive worrying or fear

- Feeling excessively sad or low

- Confused thinking 

- Extreme mood changes

- Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger

- Avoiding friends and social activities

- Difficulties understanding or relating to other people

- Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy

- Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite

- Difficulty perceiving reality, vivid experiences without valid justification

- Abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs

- Giving away important possessions 

- Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stresses

- Intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance​

 

If you notice these, seek professional help.

Start with your pediatrician, your doctor will be able to refer you to the right expert for your child's needs.

 

If you have concerns and need help now.

NEVER HESITATE!

Contact one of the lifelines below.

-    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255


-    Text the Crisis Line. Text “WORDS” to 741741


-    Call 911