February 11, 2016
These Kids Will Change the World
Last Wednesday night, representatives from Davidson LifeLine’s Student Leadership Team took to the road. They expanded a project started last year: Join Us in Our Virtual World. These kids, representing Hough High, Lake Norman Charter School, Davidson Day School, Community School of Davidson, and Cannon School, presented to over 50 residents at Bailey’s Glen, a retirement village in Cornelius, NC. They talked about Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms. They shared what they love about social media, why it’s central to their lives, as well as the dangers. They shared the real challenges of getting involved when they see cruelty or cyberbullying but times they’ve stepped in. And they heard the residents’ sage advice:
connect with one another, learn how to write, don’t hide behind your phone.
As a force, you and I, as we choose to talk about suicide and depression, anxiety and bipolar disorders, we know that stories find their way to us. And we acknowledge it as an honor and a responsibility. The Student Leadership Team is likewise hearing those stories and together we work through (with mental health professionals) next steps. They inspire me.
This week, the students are returning to Bailey’s Glen to sit one-on-one with residents and help them set up Instagram or Facebook accounts, show them where they can find privacy settings and location settings…..and just connecting.
Putting on your shoes can be the hardest part about getting some exercise. The exercise you get, though, can help manage depression and anxiety
If you know someone who deals with anxiety or depression, ask them to take a walk or go for a bike ride. You may be the key to their putting on shoes.
Adam Sherman, author of The School Kindness Project, talks about how a Post-It note with the words, Are you OK? made a difference with a student in his FL high school.
There’s a lot of power in Are You OK? whether written on a Post-It note or asked. Sherman reminds us that “kindness is more than respect or the golden rule. It’s mutual understanding between two people.”
When we are engaged enough in our day to see past whatever brings us together, feel another’s struggle and step into our discomfort to ask, “Are You OK?” it matters. Whether or not there is further conversation often isn’t the point; the person feels acknowledged somehow in their struggle and knows you are somewhere to turn.
I’m bringing a new stack of Post-It notes to work tomorrow. Join me?