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Month of May Mental Health Speakers Inspire
Posted 05/24/2018 01:50PM

In observation of Mental Health Month (recognized throughout May since 1949), SCDS Counselor Aaron Burrick invited speakers to campus to educate and inspire students. Topics have included major mental illness, power and control within peer and family relationships, homelessness, and the importance of "being seen." These topics have been addressed by former SCDS teacher Colton Vander Vliet, social worker Hilary Bowker, and student activist Elizabeth Glazer.

Most recently, Mr. Burrick invited Aurora Commons Arts and Communication Director, Jacqueline Moulton, to speak to grade 6 and 7 students. Students were encouraged to examine personal biases and learned more about the work that Ms. Moulton does at Aurora Commons to create a space where people have their own agency. Ms. Moulton shared her belief that, "We have to create spaces [for people] to welcome others as they are no matter who they are." Aurora Commons provides a welcoming space for unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources, and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community. In Ms. Moulton's words, "When we look at just the 'shelter,' we often miss the deep humanity of the person."

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