Student feedback

Feedback from high-schoolers for a presentation given by Mallory:

Feedback from 8th graders for a presentation given by Andrew:

“Thank you for making me feel better. I’m saying that because I had depression and anxiety like a lot of it when I was in elementary school, and I would go home every day and cry because my anxiety which led to my depression. But in all thank you for helping me realize I wasn’t the only one going through a rough time.

“Thank you for coming in and speaking to us. I really enjoyed your story. I found it really interesting. It helped me a lot. I used your frog jumps before a big test and it helped me a lot to get focused and ready for it. I really liked your story because I know that a lot of people could relate to it. I also saw other people doing your frog jumps and it seemed to help them.”

“I listened to your speech, on Tuesday 10/25, and I felt that it was very impactful on many students in the room. I would like to thank you for coming to our school and presenting in front of us. I found your frog jumps to actually work and I did them before my football game last Thursday and it calmed me down.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for coming to our school and sharing information with us about mental health. I learned how serious mental health is like depression and anxiety. I know a lot of the symptoms and if I need to get help won’t be scared. Again, thank you for taking the time to come to our school to teach us more about mental health. I look forward to hearing more next school year.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for coming to our school and sharing information with us about your battle with mental health. It really helped me realize that depression can be hard to find in someone and how it’s okay to say that you need help. It’s also okay to have it and that you’ll get through it if you just ask for some help. There are plenty of people willing to help. You showed some great ways to get out of it too and you showed that even little wins can make a big difference in your attitude like how you said that cereal helped you and how making your bed felt like a little win.”

“I really think the presentation definitely helped people that deal with anxiety and depression. I liked your confidence and how you told your story. I think it probably helped people by knowing that other people go through the same thing as they are.

“I just wanted to say thank you for coming in and talking with our grade. There are some kids that really needed that help and guidance. You made me realize how grateful I should be and how I should always be there for other people. Thank you so much!”

“I loved the speech you gave us on mental health. It really opened my mind on how I have loved ones that I can talk to or friends. I am going through a pretty hard time right now and hearing your speech made me feel a lot better about myself. Thank you, Andrew, for coming to our school and sharing your story with us. It really touched me and now I know why some people change in ways that you don’t always understand. I’m happy that you’re having a better life now that you’re not suffering. I also wanted to say thank you for letting us all know that it’s ok to talk to people if you’re feeling this way. You really changed what I think/see things in a better way I ever have. Thank you for everything.

Your speech really touched me and helped me. It touched me because we are similar, we both play sports and sometimes I feel lonely and not liked, but then I think about that speech, and it really helps me.”

“I would like to thank you for coming into our school and for sharing information with us about mental health. It was good to hear your story, so that myself and other kids always know that they aren’t alone in their mental health battles. I learned that it is better to get help and tell someone you trust about your mental health struggles.

“I want to sincerely thank you for coming to my school and sharing your personal story to help others. I think it is a rare skill that you are able to tell others something so personal for their own benefit. Many people at school feel like they may be alone or can’t talk to anyone. Your message definitely showed them that other people struggle as well, and they can talk to someone.