Freeport Middle School participated in The Red Ribbon Campaign with the theme, “Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free.” Phyllis Latham, Mike McManus from the Freeport Maine Police Department and FMS coordinated a number of activities including showing prevention education videos during advisory, Freeport High School (Maine) students speaking to middle school students, student created infomercials and an aerial photo (thank you David Clock! and Freeport Fire Rescue) of all students dressed in red shirts standing in the shape of a Red Ribbon out on the ball field.
Angst- Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm in the FPAC
Following the film will be a panel with Dr. Bernie Hershbe, head of Bowdoin’s Counseling Services, Bowdoin students, Lorien Whitten, MA, LCPC Counselor, Linda Tiffany, Day One Substance Abuse Counselor, Phyllis Latham, FMS Guidance Counselor
“Angst is a touching and honest look at how anxiety impacts teens and their families. The message of the film, spoken loudly and clearly by teens, parents, and experts, normalizes the struggle and offers hope with its focus on the value of connection, openness, and family support. Why is anxiety the most common of mental health issues among our youth? This film asks us to look directly at our stress-filled culture and what we must do to better support our young people.”
“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me. Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Angst to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help.”
Michael Phelps, Olympic gold swimmer
This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous sponsorship from local businesses and community members.
Thank you to RSU 5 Superintendent Dr. Becky Foley for this great article! As a community, everyone has a role to play in keeping youth safe and healthy!
Read the article from Dr. Foley here.