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We are a Parent-Student-Teacher Organization focused on wellness as a proactive approach to social and emotional health.
"Weaving a culture of wellness into the fabric of Southwest High School while helping other schools do the same."

Our history:

In the fall of 2014, a group of SWHS parents and students got together to share concerns, experiences, and resources around the topic of mental health.  This group grew in size and scope to become the Southwest High School (SWHS) Wellness Committee (part of the SWHS then-PTSA).  In the fall of 2016, with a generous grant from the Southwest Foundation, the Wellness Committee conducted surveys to prepare for our first-ever "Wellness Day."  

Surveyed students listed "stress management,”  "emotional health,”  and "physical activity and fitness” as their top three health interests and described wellness as ““feeling like you want to live,” “being capable of things without mental or physical problem,” “feeling how you felt in the summer,” “being able to live solo.”

This led to the first-ever Wellness Day, held in association with B.L.A.S.T. Day (Be-Loving-And-Sharing-Together) on December 18, 2015, featuring a day of workshops and activities with the goal of treating mental health with the same resources and respect as any other kind of health. Later, in the spring of 2016, students also organized a Race2Justice Day with similar student-led workshops. 

Do you have input, resources, or want to participate in Wellness Day 2018? Share your ideas and come to our parent gatherings by contacting June Thiemann, Wellness Coordinator, directly:
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June Thiemann is a parent of 2 SWHS grads and one current student.  She grew up in Peoria, Illinois, in a family with severe mental illness and suicide.  Due to her own undiagnosed depression, she spent many years “on the sidelines.”  She’s grateful that, during this time, MPS kept her kids moving forward.  She now wants to share what she’s learned about mental health and give back to the community that kept her family safe.  

Please also visit, created by another parent volunteer, Mike Vanderscheuren of Banjo Brothers.