Students across the nation struggle with managing their mental health; the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified this issue. Many students feel uncomfortable confiding in school counselors and other adults. This becomes problematic when schools are faced with budget cuts, which makes it even more difficult to invest in valuable mental health resources, guidance counselors, and more. As a result, far too many students have been left to deal with serious mental health issues with little to no support. We recognize there is a lack of access to resources and many misconceptions about mental health in Howard County. Our role is to encourage teenagers, adults, and others to get help from mental health professionals and guidance counselors. By providing the resources and information students need, we hope to normalize the topic of mental health in our community while also educating others!
MonuMental works closely with teenagers to develop outreach material and help destigmatize mental health throughout Howard County. In order to execute this plan, MonuMental creates original social media content, publishes student-written educational material, and hosts quarterly Zoom meetings. Students, teachers, and residents of Howard County can share their own experiences, provide guidance, and attend the Zoom meetings free of charge. MonuMental continues to work towards our goal of providing free support and a safe, relatable space for all teens across the nation!