BC2M Club opens a new chapter of mental health awareness

BC2M Club President Tiffany Li speaks to the gathered students at the club’s first meeting with Vice President Avani Trivedi and faculty advisor Catherine Fitzgerald-Calabria look on.

BY KATELYN BUCHALTER and DANIELLA BOROVSKAIA

              As students dive further into the school year, club programs are on the rise.  Bring Change to Mind focuses on spreading awareness and educating people about the importance of mental health among teens.

              The leaders of the new OBHS chapter of BC2M hope to change any prejudice in the community surrounding mental health through this club as staff advisor Catherine Fitzgerald-Calabria communicated, “Avani Trivedi and Tiffany Li discussed the prevalence of mental illness and the lack of information available at school for those that are suffering or know someone who is. They did a lot of research into putting together a club that would be dedicated to this important education.”

              The BC2M club creates a nonjudgmental environment to learn and open students’ minds towards the topic of struggles created by the pandemic. President Tiffany Li stated, “Through participating in the club, students can build a closer bond with their peers, as well as gain knowledge that will be useful to them as they prepare to face new challenges and interactions in the future.”

              The club hopes to host fundraisers in the future as well as presentations and discussions about different types of mental illnesses. Club Vice President Trivedi expressed, “BC2M is a great way for students to learn about mental illness, and we also give students guidance in finding help for themselves, if they wish to seek it. I would also like to clarify that we are NOT a support group.  We are simply students who wish to educate other students on the subject of mental health.”

              The student club leaders Trivedi and Li strive to end the stigma and intolerance towards mental health issues.  If students would like to join the BC2M movement at OBHS, they should sign up for the club’s Remind notices by texting @obhsbc2m to 81010.

Posted 10/29/21

Photos by Tim O’Neill

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