This past November, 20 Mount Si High School students from the Natural Helpers Club attended the weekend training retreat where they learned communication skills, how to recognize depression/substance abuse, strategies for suicide prevention, and how to better reach out to and/or refer peers in need.
Every year a new group of students are trained with upperclassmen returning to serve as peer leaders. Students return with new knowledge, insights, inspiration, and enthusiasm for improving their school and their community. Most feel the experience has profoundly changed the way they view themselves and others.
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“This program is so vital because students need to have a safe place to learn the skills needed to reach out to those who have gone through the same things we have.”
“This training experience was one of the best times of my life. I learned how to see signs of those in need and better reach out/connect to them. I have never connected with anyone in the ways I have connected with the people here.”
“Best learning experience I have ever had.” “It has made me a different person.”
“When I first came I honestly didn’t think this weekend was going to be very meaningful. Last night completely changed my opinion. Seeing how many people have been hurt made me want to do everything in my power to help them and others in need. This camp was amazing and I am very thankful I was allowed to be a part of it. I hope to come back next year.”