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People aged 15 to 24 in the U.S. relation to suicide in high schools according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Flippant suicidal comments degrade severity of mental health issues

Sage Cohen ’25, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

After a stressful test, I always need to mentally prepare myself for what will come next. Unlike many of my peers, I do not fear the possibility of a big “F” in the gradebook--I’m usually confident...

Whether or not to take medication for your mental health is already a big decision. Having to factor in what people might think or how to keep it secret is not something people should worry about. The stigma over mental health medication can be truly harmful and needs to end.

Stigma around mental health medication more harmful than you think

Ava Coyle ’25, Paper Opinions Editor November 16, 2022

Someone who takes medication for their mental health might feel awkward when talking about it. They might worry that people will think they are “crazy” or judge them for being on medicine.  “Stigmatized...

I have done ballet for a total of eight or so years. In middle school I started learning to dance with pointe shoes which was both painful and a good experience. I also did theater which I still love to this day even though I don’t participate in it anymore. I always did every school play and while I was far from having the talent of a lead I just enjoyed being in the ensemble and performing on the stage.

Lack of extracurriculars triggers isolation

Lily Hultgren ’25, Features Editor November 16, 2022

My elementary and middle school years were filled with two things: ballet and theater. I had been doing ballet since I was a toddler and went to dance practice around three days a week. In addition to...

People wear honor beads at the event to display their connection to the cause. Each color means something different. Loss of a child (white), loss of spouse or partner (red), loss of a parent (gold), loss of a sibling (orange), loss of relative or a friend (purple), personal struggles or attempt (green), Supporting someone who has struggles or has attempted (teal), supporting suicide prevention, honoring the LGBTQ+ community (rainbow).

6th annual Out of the Darkness fundraiser gathers communities, spreads awareness of suicide, depression, mental illnesses

Caroline Zajac '25 and Poppy Harrington '25, Staff Writers October 30, 2022

The annual Out of the Darkness walk took place to raise awareness of suicide, depression and other mental illnesses on Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in front of the Westport Public Library. To support...

As a part of a Wellness Enrichment Activity Day in November, a hypnotist performed in the Staples auditorium.

Wellness enrichment activity days should be brought back

Meg Enquist ’23, Business Director October 12, 2022

Picture this: it’s a brisk fall afternoon and students have just been released to participate in various stress relieving activities for the remainder of the school day. Students relax as they engage...

“Smile” adds another horror movie to your to-watch list, but does so at the cost of mental health stereotypes.

‘Smile’ inappropriately addresses mental health, disappoints viewers

Elle Vail ’23, Creative Team October 12, 2022

With Fright Night just around the corner, horror movies are flooding the theaters once more. You may have heard of “Halloween Ends,” “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Barbarian” and “The Invitation,”...

Therapy has helped teenagers across the country tackle a multitude of issues, questions and emotions. Though some teens initially have reservations about seeking a therapist, many find that therapy is incredibly beneficial in helping them to become the best version of themselves.

Therapy: it’s time we challenge society’s warped perspective on what it means to seek help

Mia Bomback ‘25 , Paper News Editor April 27, 2022

Alright, I’ll just come right out and say it -- I go to therapy. And it’s a good thing, too, because I desperately need it. But even so, I still hesitate to speak publicly about seeking mental health...

The virtual calm room features four rooms: a relaxation room, a creativity room, a physical wellness room and a reading room. The reading room includes links to books about topics such as the importance of sleep and the inner workings of the teenage brain, as well as pleasure books such as “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Flies.”

Guidance department’s “Virtual Calm Room” takes positive step toward improving mental health

Karina Murray ’22, Features editor March 4, 2022

 “During the pandemic, a larger than average share of young adults (ages 18-24) report symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive disorder (56%),” KFF, a non-profit health journalism organization, reported. Among...

The casual Instagram trend has led to increased comparison from teens, despite the intentions of making the platform more real.

The trend of casual Instagram is far from casual: instead increasing issues of comparison

Julia Leitner ’23, Web Sports Editor February 27, 2022

For many of us, checking TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat is a daily routine, which has created unhealthy standards with constant comparison to internet personas. Recently, there has been a notable increase...

Staples students make resolutions and set expectations for the upcoming year.

Despite pandemic, students eagerly live up to New Year’s resolutions

Margot Richlin ’23, Web Opinions Editor January 10, 2022

As 2022 begins, Staples students are using the new year as a chance to start fresh and make resolutions for the upcoming 12 months. After nearly two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students feel as...

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