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Okaloosa County Schools to observe ‘Hope Week’ promoting mental health, suicide prevention

Okaloosa County schools will hold events focused on suicide prevention and mental health wellness during Hope Week from Monday, Feb. 12 to Friday, Feb. 16. According to the district, Hope Week […]

Okaloosa County schools will hold events focused on suicide prevention and mental health wellness during Hope Week from Monday, Feb. 12 to Friday, Feb. 16.

  • The Okaloosa County School District encourages community members to wear yellow on Thursday, Feb. 15, for the National Day of Hope.

According to the district, Hope Week and the Day of Hope aim to “bring us together to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental wellness to destigmatize mental health issues.”

Hope Week events will include students and staff participating in activities meant to promote hope and wellness. Examples include random acts of kindness, wearing yellow clothes or ribbons to support suicide prevention efforts, and classroom discussions about mental health.

In a statement, the District said the week will “empower our students, faculty, and community members to ask for help when they are in an emotional crisis.”

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.

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