The State High girls volleyball team traded in their maroon and grey Monday night for green.
“Green jerseys, green headbands, green socks,” Katie Finlan, a senior on the team, said.
There was power in the color as players served up awareness for teen mental health.
“As a high school student I have a lot of friends and peers that go through a lot mentally,” Leah Henderson, another senior on the team, said. “So I think it’s a really great thing to be able to play for this organization.”
Out in the lobby there was a message being spread by members of the My Mental Health Matters Club at State High. It’s a student advocacy group that shows kids it’s okay to ask for help.
“Our mission is to erase the stigma of mental health issues here at State High,” Jessica Griel, a member of the group, said. “To create a better environment where people have the opportunity to feel comfortable enough to get the help they need with mental health issues.”
At the end of the night, the high school was scoring big in more than one way.
“There’s a stigma around mental health where people don’t view it as an actual problem,” Finlan told us. “They kind of see it as something that people are just making up. We wanted to completely smash that stigma and focus on helping people with mental illnesses.”
We’re told a portion of the money raised is going towards a relaxation center for the school. It’s a place students can go to if they feel depressed or have anxiety.
Organizers said only one in five teens with a mental health concern get the services they need.