Belouga’s #SameHere Schools Month provides students, teachers, administrators and parents with a network of resources, live video panels and community connections to help support their own mental health and wellbeing.
In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, Belouga and The #SameHere Global Mental Health Movement have organized a month-long program, starting, May 1, 2021, to bring together the education community and over 100 leading mental health organizations, experts and educators from around the world. The #SameHere Schools Month series will focus on the mission that everyone on this planet faces challenges that make us all connected and part of a “Same Here” group. Embracing these challenges and connections, the Belouga website, http://www.belouga.org/, will host free mental health resources throughout the month of May supporting the mental health of students, teachers, administrators and parents worldwide.
The event series will look to build off its success from 2020, facilitating 124 learning activities and speaker sessions, reaching over 800,000 people worldwide, during a time when mental health initiatives were needed more than ever before.
“It’s a very exclusive, instead of inclusive, term, because there’s the people who ‘have an illness’ and then everyone else. So the problem is, when we say ‘mental illness’ we’re talking about the people who are diagnosed a certain way and then all the other people who don’t want to be considered in that category, so they don’t ask for help. So the power of all the folks up here coming out with their story – and I’m humbled that they would come and be a part of this – is that they’re willing to say, ‘No, you know what, all of us go through it,” said Eric Kussin, Founder of The #SameHere Global Mental Health Movement
Evin Schwartz, Founder of Belouga, said: “We can no longer afford to ignore wellbeing within the education industry. Communities are struggling, and rightfully so after the past year. The end of the school year (testing season) traditionally creates a stressful experience for all stakeholders within education, especially students. The only thing we should be accessing this year is the wellbeing of our students, teachers, administrators and parents. This is what #SameHere represents.”
Through the combined ability of Belouga and The #SameHere Global Mental Health Movement to attract top-quality mental health content, contributors, produce learning experiences that go beyond the status quo of online learning, and increase access to peer and expert networks, this partnership is designed to introduce and enhance learning and safe mental health practices, as a result, giving the entire education community the tools they need to succeed in-and-out of the classroom.