Canyon Crest Academy sophomore Aedan Henckels is dedicated to psychological well being training on campus, this yr beginning the State of Thoughts speaker sequence for his friends. Not too long ago he introduced in his third visitor speaker of the yr, Olympic skateboarder Bryce Wettstein. Wettstein, a San Dieguito Academy grad, spoke about how she confronted down the strain, stress and extremely aggressive atmosphere on the 2022 Tokyo Olympics with positivity and pleasure.
After her speech, Wettstein did a meet and greet and all college students who attended acquired a complimentary stress ball.
“The children that got here undoubtedly loved it,” stated Aedan. “My aim is to all the time have related audio system who each inform and encourage teenagers and encourage extra open conversations about psychological well being struggles.”
Aedan first began specializing in this situation as freshman class co-president. A pupil chief on campus, he was just lately elected president of the junior class within the fall and he’s additionally president of CCA’s Hispanic Latinx Scholar Union.
As a part of his function as co-president, he surveyed college students on the largest situation they confronted and psychological well being got here out on high.
“Teenagers are coping with psychological well being challenges greater than ever which was intensified by the pandemic. Suicide charges have elevated together with charges of hysteria and melancholy,” Aedan stated. “Particularly at CCA, which is the quantity two public faculty in California and is infamous for the stress and strain confronted by college students, conversations about psychological well being and addressing psychological struggles must be talked about extra overtly and extra typically.”
“Clearly I can’t repair it however I can do my greatest to enhance individuals’s lives,” he stated.
For the speaker sequence, he labored his private connections to e-book Steve Elias, an area Navy SEAL, and Dr. Robert Patel, an ER physician at Scripps Memorial Hospital. Each Elias and Patel shared their private tales with college students at CCA and supplied sensible recommendation on managing psychological well being challenges. Aedan hopes his sequence not solely will get individuals speaking but in addition gives teenagers with invaluable instruments to discover ways to deal with stress and anxiousness.
On his personal, Aedan sought sponsorships to carry the audio system to the college, together with the native Jersey Mike’s and actual property dealer Kurt Wannebo. He additionally acquired assist for the sequence from Kimberly McSherry, president of the CCA Basis and assist from Assistant Principal Garry Thornton.
With Wettstein, Aedan additionally recorded his first video podcast. He plans to work all summer season on a robust digital platform to push the State of Thoughts sequence out districtwide to succeed in extra college students.
“I’m excited to have the ability to use my platform and to attempt to make extra of an impression,” he stated.