Clinton gathers to knock out psychological well being stigma with dodgeball | Native Information

CLINTON — Psychological well being stigma knocked out in traditional highschool trend: dodgeball.

Greater than 100 folks of all ages joined Heritage Behavioral Well being Middle on Friday evening in Clinton Excessive College’s gymnasium for a event, snacks and prizes.

Jessica Smiley is a licensed medical social employee at Heritage and arranged the competition. She stated the purpose was a dialog about psychological well being.

“We determined to create an occasion through which folks can get collectively, have enjoyable collectively and have a chance to casually handle psychological well being,” she stated. “Actually, sort of normalize conversations round it.”







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Heritage Behavioral Well being Middle held a dodgeball event to “Knock out Stigma” about psychological well being Friday evening at Clinton Excessive College.


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Tania Diaz, chief medical officer at Heritage, stated their purpose was “knocking out stigma, making an attempt to get folks to appreciate it is OK to not be OK.” She was taken again by the turnout on the occasion.

“Surprised,” she stated, smiling. “So completely satisfied.”

Whereas many consider dodgeball with inflatable rubber balls, bullies, bruises and welts, the event was nothing in need of supportive and pleasant.

Smiley stated changing the standard rubber balls with gentle foam ones was necessary.

“Security first,” she stated, shaking her finger. Smiley stated these previous toys “traumatized” her.







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Heritage Behavioral Well being Middle held a dodgeball event to “Knock out Stigma” about psychological well being Friday evening at Clinton Excessive College. Jessica Smiley, heart, organized the occasion and was glad for the neighborhood help.


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Matt Koeppel, the athletic director at Clinton Excessive College, was head referee for the event. He stated the competition was probability for the neighborhood to rally across the college students. He added that faculty workers and college students have relationship, nevertheless it was additionally necessary to get college students’ households concerned.

Diaz stated that neighborhood relationship is robust: “We’ve got actually been partnering with the varsity district. … We really feel actually welcome locally.”







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Matt Koeppel (pointing), athletic director at Clinton Excessive College, served as head referee for the “Knocking out Stigma” dodgeball event placed on by Heritage Behavioral Well being Middle Friday evening at Clinton Excessive College.


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One staff, the Underdodgers, was made up of excessive schoolers and up to date graduates. Brylan McHood stated he had seen college students being bullied due to their psychological well being, however faculty is meant to be “a enjoyable place” for college students. He stated he was glad to be a part of the event.







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Heritage Behavioral Well being Middle held a dodgeball event to “Knock out Stigma” about psychological well being Friday evening at Clinton Excessive College.


D. Jack Alkire



Smiley stated, “(We) like to see the neighborhood get collectively on this means.”

There have been prizes for the highest three finishers — present playing cards for films, tickets to Splash Cove in Decatur and low vouchers — however the winners weren’t identified on the time of publishing.

Contact D. Jack Alkire at (309)820-3275.

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