• September 28Get Spooked By Clements Theatre @ Their Annual Haunted House on Oct. 27th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm!!

  • September 28Support Choirs Annual Fundraiser By Attending Their Coffee House Performance on Oct. 27th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm!

  • September 28Bring Your Tacky Tourist Wear Tomorrow Oct. 17th For Spirit Week!

  • September 28Boys Basketball Tryouts are coming up! October 25th-28th!

  • September 28Have A "Ball" @ Homecoming! The Dance Is On Oct. 21st from 8:00pm - 11:00pm! Purchase Tickets From Stuco!

  • September 13It's HOCO week! Catch the football game on Oct. 19th @ 6:30pm

Living life with Leila

Last Tuesday, October 10, was World Mental Health Day.

 

It might not have been marked on your calendar with as much emphasis as other holidays, but it’s definitely a day that deserves special recognition. People from Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, to Lady Gaga were all spreading the word about the day as #WorldMentalHealthDay became a trend throughout many social media sites.

 

One of my favorite posts was from Kehlani, an R&B artist, who had a caption on Instagram that read, “I’m no stranger to uncertainty, constant confusion, darkness, and the feeling of not knowing if you can continue on. The thing is, MOST if not EVERYONE at some point in time meets that struggle… You never know who needs you here, or who you might save by just existing.”

 

I believe that being open about your mental illness is one of the hardest parts about having one. They carry a heavy stigma and idea that they aren’t legitimate, or perhaps, a person who claims to have one is just being overdramatic. Sure, there are a lot of over-the-top people out there, but there are also a lot of people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses.This is a topic that not everyone likes to talk about it, and that’s what makes this day-and Kehlani’s message- so important.

 

We all have our good and bad days whether or not we have an illness. The sum of our hardships does not define who we are as a person.

 

The reality is that you can never know what a person may be going through, and that’s why we should all take it upon ourselves to be decent human beings to one another. We should check-in with our own mental health. We should ask ourselves what we really need and what we can do to get to a better place.

 

We should open our hearts to one another not just on Mental Health day but every day moving forward. Kehlani ends her post by saying, “Treat everyone you meet with the kindness you expect from everyone who meets you…. We all really in this (world) together… Love yourself and once you do, spread that (love) all over.”

 

That’s the kind of life we should be striving to create for ourselves.

 

Living life with Leila