High school consists of a lot of studying, testing, homework, and extracurriculars, it has been proven that all these factors can put a number on a students mental health.
“My club’s name is Serenity Self-Care Club and we’re all about spreading awareness on mental health and self-care and the importance of taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health,” said club leader senior Maddie Lewis.
The mural is going to be placed in the Tiger Paw allowing for students to see the mural and be uplifted as they go to class.
“I want to make it super colorful, there’s a ton of studies that say that a more colorful and decorated school increases GPA’s attendance and overall well being of students,” said Lewis.
Mental health has become a noticeable issue, according to the ACMH organization, on average mental health affects one in every five students, in Dripping Springs that would mean about 432 students have been affected by mental health issues.
“I think it’s something the district as a whole and really honestly the country is seeing an increase in depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts in our youth so I think we’re in a position where we don’t have any other choice but to do our part in addressing it,” said Angela Gamez, principal.
The mural has been approved by Principle Gamez and will begin being painted in the fall semester by the Serenity Club.
“I think it would be cool to have anybody come in and help me that’s a big thing thats a big goal for me is to make it something that everybody can work on you don’t need to be artistic to work on this murreal and it’s just for a good cause which is mental health awareness,” said Lewis.
If interested in joining the Serenity Health Care club one must attend two meetings to become a member.
Angela Gamez said, “I think the more we can spread positive messages whether it be physically in your face or what we say or how we behave, I think all of those as many messages like that as we can put out the better.”
Story by Grey Patterson, Staff Writer