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Students Leading Students and the Sunset Project Present, Ending The Silence at Alcona High School

The Alcona Chapter of Students Leading Students (SLS) and the Sunset Project teamed up to host a community presentation for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) program entitled, “Ending the Silence” a suicide prevention and mental health awareness program designed for high school freshman.  The evening, hosted at Alcona High School’s (AHS) auditorium and on Zoom, included complimentary mental health messaged t-shirts and refreshments for those in attendance.  

The Sunset Project presenters, Madysen Gohl and Kevin O’Brien, each told their stories about struggling with mental health and coping with loss, due to suicide.  NAMI trained O’Brien on delivering the curriculum and provided handouts and materials for the evening’s program.  In addition to the evening program, the Sunset Project also came into AHS 9th grade health classes to present the project with Alcona Schools counseling staff on standby to answer questions and respond to inquiries about getting help.  Altogether, over 60 youth and adult participants completed the one-hour program. 


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