This Fall and Winter, IPL worked with students involved in the Northwest HS Thrive Club on a service project to help educate refugee and immigrant communities about mental illness and how to find behavioral health care when you need it.The students wrote and filmed their own informational video to help other teens learn more about mental illness. Take a look at their work at the link below:
IPL worked with leaders of the local chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Refugee Empowerment Center (REC) and Lutheran Family Services (LFS) to work with the 55 members of the Northwest HS Thrive Club on their 2015-16 service project. Thrive Clubs are at 5 OPS high schools and provide refugee and immigrant youth with weekly club activities where they learn leadership development skills.
The officers at Northwest met during the Summer and decided they wanted to work with IPL and our collaborators to learn more mental illness. They met with IPL and our partners several times over the semester. The students are producing a video and some simple posters with positive mental health messages which they will post around the school. More importantly, this group of young leaders will begin to know how they can help other members of their better understand that there is no stigma in seeking care for our minds when it is necessary.