Opening on May 6th at Forest Hills Northern High School, the My Dearest Friends Project: Student Stories of Mental Health exhibition amplifies first-hand accounts of mental health and disability from students around the globe. Survey responses collected from over 100 FHN students and stories submitted to the project make it clear that students just want to be heard and accounted for, especially in school. For this project, MDFP collaborated with FHN Senior, Kierra Polizzi.
The primary goal of this project is to let students know that the disability community understands them and that they are not alone. By highlighting students' stories, we hope to bring awareness to teachers and other members of the school about student issues and how they might better account for their individual needs.
This exhibition celebrates student stories of mental health and disability. Larger than life disabled figures with 6 corresponding story submissions will make up the latest vinyl installation.
Through public and private programming, the My Dearest Friends team works directly with local middle and high school students to cultivate an inclusive environment that encourages discussions around disability and mental health.
To submit, think about your experiences with disability and mental health both inside and outside of school. In the subject line, please write “Student Submission”. Start your submission with "My Dearest Friends..." and write about your experiences as a disabled individual, sign off with your first name or alias. Email your submission to Hello@MyDearestFriendsProject.Org or mail a letter to our P.O. Box 3467 Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Follow us on social media @MyDearestFriendsProject!
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