#BeKind21: Be Kind + Be the Difference

September 02, 2020
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Today’s #BeKind21 message is brought to you by our partners at Mental Health First Aid.

Meet Jadyn Bellander, one of the many students across the country trained to help their peers in need with teen Mental Health First Aid.

“Really, another mental health program?” “We all know none of these make any difference anyways.” 

These were the common grumbles of my Jefferson High School (Boulder, Montana) classmates and me as we walked into the library to begin yet another mental health program. However, none of us knew just how big of an impact the teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) training would have on our school and community.

The reality is that mental health challenges are normal and even common. Instead of pushing a friend away because the situation is scary, we should be treating them with kindness and reminding them that it is normal, and they will be okay. More kindness in the world would help to eliminate a lot of the stigmas attached.  

Getting trained in tMHFA and being able to immediately use what I learned to help my peers has inspired me and ignited a passion within me to change the world by always promoting kindness and working to eliminate the stigmas around mental health.

Your kindness challenge today: Learn more about Jadyn’s story and how you can also be kind and #BetheDifference with teen Mental Health First Aid.

In Kindness,

Mental Health First Aid

P.S. Invite someone to join the challenge: bornthisway.foundation/bekind21.

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