SRC - Silver Ribbon Campaign -is a student led group which supports and educates South High students who have mental illnesses, who are affected by mental illness in their friends and family members and who want to learn more to help make South a safe place for all students. SRC is now in its 11th year and unique to South. It was started very organically by 2 South students with assistance from Eva Neubeck, social worker. She and Katie Fritz provide us assistance using their professional social work skills and knowledge.
SRC meets about 18 times a year, which is about every other week, typically on Wednesdays in the media center. We meet for 1 class hour. In the past we have had speakers from all walks of life who shared about how they live with their illness and where they get help and support. So many have expressed that they wished they had a support group like SRC when they were in high school. This year many of our speakers will be South students. We know SRC is making a difference when we ourselves feel comfortable and safe sharing our stories in hopes of helping our friends and peers.
We've heard that teachers sometimes have difficulty understanding why students miss classes to attend SRC. We make it very clear to those choosing to attend a meeting that the class they are missing is important and they should check in with their teacher prior to the meeting. We rotate the hours we meet so students who attend regularly shouldn't miss any one class very often. Attendance is taken and absences are excused.
Our upcoming meetings are:
Sept. 25 3rd hour student speaker about depression
Oct. 9 5th hour student speaker about bipolar
Oct. 23 6th hour teacher about chemical addiction and depression
Nov. 6 1st hour student speaker about physical health challenges and depression
Nov. 20 2nd hour student speaker about depression and anxiety
Feel free to talk with any of us if you have questions and thank you for your cooperation and understanding that students who are mentally healthy are better students..
Anthony Hockett, Clara Widenauer, Eleanor Noble, Feratole Abdishikur, Kyra Hood, Leah Crawford, Lisetta Horn,
Mai Nguyen, Patricia Brown, Renee Westrich, Robert Oyervides and Zabiba Sameru - leaders 2013-2014
Eva J Neubeck, MSW, LISW
South High Social Worker
3131 19th Ave. So. Room 249B
Mpls. MN 55407