Metro Detroit school has new program to combat suicide, depression & anxiety

WXYZPublished: October 12, 2017
Published: October 12, 2017

Berkley High School leaders are taking on suicide, depression and anxiety in a new way. A program called “Sources of Strength” was rolled out this week at the school — a program that aims to teach kids how to persevere through life’s challenges. Unlike traditional programs the “Sources of Strength” program uses students as part of the solution. A large number of student leaders were pegged by teachers and brought in for instruction. The students, and a handful of teachers, brainstormed ideas about how to better their school environment. They were also trained about how to notice issues with their peers, and how to handle them. “Knowing we can reach out to all these different people in our school, not just a counselor, you’re more equipped to know what to do,” explained Shayne Shoskow, a 10th grader who was one of the school leaders chosen to participate in the program.

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