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To believe that you are okay is what, Rebecca Melendez, 12, deems most important for mental health. “Mental health means to me that you are okay and believe that you are okay because from my experience I have seen my friends say they are okay when they weren’t,” Melendez stated. “What helps me is sitting by myself to collect my thoughts listening to music. Yoga has also been a big help for me because it makes me relax from when I am in my head and overthinking.”

Stigma Around Mental Health

Katherine Portillo and Jaylene Cardona March 13, 2020

Dealing with Mental Health issues is very difficult, let alone dealing with these problems as teenagers, especially when we are barely figuring out who we are as people and what our purpose is.  By...

How Mental Health Affects your Physical Health

Katherine Portillo, Photographer March 11, 2020

Many people are afraid to speak on the topic of mental health because society tells us it is not important, or at least, not as important as your physical well being. How can this be true with problems...

During the second week of March, Downey High School dedicated a full week in regards to Mental Health. Sofia Rodriguez (Left), 12, and Tyler Hanks (Right), 12, spent their lunch in the Writing Center for a Meditation Session on Monday, March 9th. “I love the idea of Mental Health Week because it can help me and my peers out,” Hanks said. “When there’s a big test, I get really anxious but I try to think positive and tell myself that it’s only a test.”


Lukas Luna and Arely Macedo March 10, 2020

Downey High School’s mental health week was kicked off on Monday, March 9, with a meditation session held in the writing center at both lunches. Students were provided with mats and chairs to help them...

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