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."
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 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 2016? Share your ideas and come to our parent gatherings by contacting June Thiemann, Wellness Coordinator, directly: