by Emily Schlotter, senior, Central Bucks West High School
So many people throughout the school day write homework pages and appointment times on their hands, but if we focused on writing love on our arms, the world of mental illness would not be so isolating. Recently, a group of seniors have brought the Storytellers Campaign to CB West, symbolizing the passion they have to make a difference. As this campaign allows people struggling with mental illnesses to express their own stories, I interviewed Sami Minneroff, one of the students who brought the campaign to West, to tell us the story behind the storytellers:
Q. Who helped to start the Storytellers Club?
A. The Storytellers Campaign was something that seniors, Megan Leahy, Paige Taylor and I really wanted to bring to West. In order to do that, we needed the assistance of Mrs. Lisa Corr, Mr. Brian Caughie, and Mr. Jason Bucher.
Q. How did you get the idea to start the club and what does it support?
A. One day in class, I saw Megan wearing a t-shirt promoting “To Write Love on Her Arms.” I asked her about it and she gave me the link to their site. This worldwide organization raises money, awareness, hope and help for those struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and more. It also strives to get rid of the stigmas associated with mental illnesses and provides the help (such as therapy and medication) that people need.
Q. What has the club accomplished so far?
A. We’ve raised almost $2,000 through online donations and fundraisers.
Q. What can people do to help Storytellers?
A. We’ve had so many people help us out during the duration of this campaign, including seniors Madison Schaffer and Jenna Peters to name a few. Even though the campaign ends soon, we are always looking for people to help us spread awareness. We plan to continue to spread awareness even after the campaign ends, possibly holding meetings after school or discussing this serious, but important topic in homeroom.