Wellness Wednesday Continues With Second Session

After October debut, next Wellness Wednesday brings speaker focused on stress management


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Licensed social worker and owner of Riley Counseling, Melissa Zawisza talks about stress management and coping skills this Wellness Wednesday. During her presentation, Zawisza presents various strategies ranging from nutrition to screen time all to help students combat stress. “I think it’s figuring out what works best for each individual because it is really important,” Zawisza said.

Student council allowed for the psychology club to schedule the speaker for the next Wellness Wednesday meeting, which is scheduled on Nov. 3  during lunches.

The student council contacted the psychology club in September to organize the November meeting and secure a speaker, licensed social worker and owner of Riley Counseling, Melissa Zawisza.

“What [the student council is] doing is they want different people from the school, different areas of the school to organize it because the guest speakers that they bring in will be more diverse,” said president of the psychology club senior Tess Stanford.

Developments for the upcoming Wellness Wednesday were revealed by Stanford and vice president of the psychology club, senior Emerson Franks.

“It’s going to be about stress management with schoolwork,” Stanford said. “How to deal with the stress of workload, tests, coming into high school and having those more advanced classes, as well as balancing life outside of school.”

Their main goal with Wellness Wednesdays is to help students with mental health challenges and provide coping methods.

“When other people from [the district] come and talk about it, it makes you realize that you’re not the only one that goes through that,” Franks said. “Normally, the speaker has experience with it or knows people that have had experience with it. It just kind of helps with that feeling of community.”

Senior class treasurer Jack Curtis believes Wellness Wednesdays will help spread valuable information for students about physical and mental wellness.

“Reaching out [is] hard,” Curtis said. “It’s not comfortable, and we’re trying to make it as comfortable as possible.”