FCPS Students Attend Our Minds Matter Leadership Training

By Office of Communication and Community Relations Staff
January 27, 2020

Twenty-six students from 12 high schools recently gathered at Willow Oaks Administrative Center to participate in leadership training for Our Minds Matter (OMM). OMM is a student-led movement to change school culture around mental health. Many Fairfax County public high schools, as well as other high schools around the country, have OMM clubs.

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Justin Graves, of HESONWHEELS, kicked off the leadership training by sharing how students can learn to be servant leaders and adopt inclusive practices into their club meetings. Students also explored what it means to be in a comfort, growth, or danger zone with Dr. Jennifer Leyton-Armakan. To close the training, Corinne Coppola, a local well-being professional, guided students through a mindfulness exercise to set the tone for a healthy and happy 2020.

A member of the Our Minds Matter club at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology said, “Mental health is an important issue for everyone, and there needs to be more of a conversation around it–especially pertinent
to teens, since mental health issues are on the rise among youth.”

Please visit Our Minds Matter online for more information. Or, contact Laura Beth, program manager, at laurabeth@joshafoundation.org.