Students Advocate at Mental Health Matters Day

Students in front of Albany legislative building

On March 13, 2019, dozens of Cairo-Durham students and staff attended Mental Health Matters Day in Albany where they connected with other students and advocates from across the state.

Students got hands-on experience learning about mental health advocacy and the legislative process, meeting with important representatives such as Senator Amedore's Director of Communications and Operations, Eileen Miller (who also happens to be a Cairo-Durham graduate). They advocated for increased mental health education, awareness, training for faculty/staff, and more counselors/social work services in schools.

This year, a total of 43 Cairo-Durham students attended, which was the largest student representation of any school across the state that attended this year. Students who participated include the eighth grade Honors Social Studies class, a group of Participation in Government students, the Gay Straight Alliance Club, and members of Sources of Strength, which is the suicide prevention program at Cairo-Durham High School.

“Today was a very powerful experience for our students,” said Mrs. Drossel, a School Social Worker at CDMS/HS. Mrs. Drossel has been bringing Cairo-Durham students to participate in Mental Health Matters Day for many years.

The district would like to thank the Mental Health Association in New York State for providing transportation to this important event.