FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local student was in the spotlight provincially recently for her efforts to combat mental illness.
Morgan Peever is a North Peace Secondary School leadership student and B.C. Student Voice participant for the Peace Region. She recently went down to the Lower Mainland to talk about the topics of mental health and suicide.
NPSS says she brought information back from the trip and will be working on ideas to face the issues of mental health and suicide head on.
Peever went down to the Lower Mainland on November 3rd to launch a health and well being report and to discuss what they are doing Mental Health wise in the North Peace.
She is part of a student group called “B.C. Student Voice”. The group goes down to Vancouver twice a year to talk about things that need to be changed. Peever says at one of the meetings, the Minister of Health was in attendance and discussed health indicators.
“Our region had really low statistics for how many kids had adults they could trust. So we brought that back into the school and added more support workers.”
Peever has a personal connection to mental illness. She then had the opportunity to work with one of the representatives that works with the Ministry of Health down in Vancouver. That is how she became involved in going to Vancouver twice a year.
She says the past year they have focused on changing the fact that many kids don’t have someone that they can trust which in turn leads to them bottling everything inside.
“We changed that by adding more support workers so that we have more people that kids can go to that they can trust because our school counsellors are more career related over psychiatric related. They aren’t there to talk about your issues, they are just there to talk about what courses you need so we are focusing on improving that in schools.”
Peever says in the North Peace there is only 1 teacher for every 25 kids approximately, making it hard for them to have support.
“Even one teacher connecting with 25 kids is still a lot for that one teacher.”