CHICAGO (SCS) — Chicago Public Schools has become the first school district in the nation to launch a new anti-suicide campaign created by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
CPS has put together a video explaining the ‘Please Stay’ campaign aimed at students in grades 7-12, encouraging them to ask for help if they need it.
“This campaign reminds students of the importance of prioritizing their mental health and the many supports available to them,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. “I’m so proud of all of our students who make this commitment and reach out for help when needed.”
The campaign features interactive and accessible initiatives designed to educate students about mental health.
CPS staff, including school counsellors, will be talking about the campaign in classrooms over the next few weeks, informing students about available mental health resources, advising them on self-care habits and showing them the video ‘Please stay “.
Mental health was already an issue for many teens before the COVID-19 pandemic, but new data from the CDC indicates the crisis has worsened.
Data shows that more than a third of high school students (37.1%) have experienced poor mental health most or always during the pandemic, and more than 31% have done so in the past 30 days . Additionally, 44% said they had constantly felt sad or hopeless in the past year.
The launch of “Please Stay” comes during Mental Health Awareness Month.