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Ottumwa, IA: Local high school organization addresses mental health

Dec 4, 2018, Ottumwa (IA) Courier: OHS students work to end mental health stigma https://www.ottumwacourier.com/news/ohs-students-work-to-end-mental-health-stigma/article_7e6104fa-f811-11e8-8919-276b541e9d15.html Two Ottumwa High School organizations are coming together for one purpose Monday. The OHS Human Rights Youth Chapter and the Fellowship of the Rainbow are hosting a Mental Health Night and LGBTQ panel from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the school. “We have a lot of students at the high school with mental illness,” said Sage Denham, one of the student organizers. “We thought it would be a good idea to provide access to resources. A lot of people don’t know how to deal with what’s going on with them.” … Student organizer Sabrina Morrow said at least 12 booths will be present for the first two hours of the event. Organizers reached out to a variety of places around Ottumwa that have information and resources to help those with mental illness. “We reached out to anything that revolves around or helps people with mental illness to see if they had information to hand out or to reach out to the public with,” she said…. Kolby Streeby, an OHS youth counselor that is a sponsor for both organizations, noted that one goal of the event is to help get rid of the stigma behind mental health. “Students today are dealing with it more than generations past,” she said. … “Mental illness is a real illness,” Denham added. “You don’t choose to be sad all the time. If you need help, you need help.” “I don’t want [mental health] to be a big stigma,” Morrow said. “A lot of people deny their mental illness. …