As the number of high school students who suffer from mental health illnesses continues to rise, CCPS has decided to take initiative and help students recognize signs of mental illness.

Mental Health Workshops began at NHS on Feb. 5. The purpose of these classes is to educate students on mental health issues, know the signs and symptoms, have school and community resources and help reduce the stigma surrounding the topic; but how do students feel about the program?

“I think it’s really important to have the discussion about mental health, but I just don’t like the way it was done,” sophomore Emma Moody said.

The workshops will be held weekly on Wednesdays with a total of six classes. Student’s fourth period classes will be extended by 28 minutes to accommodate the video presentation.   

The workshops consist of short videos that discuss the importance of the topic and how Naples High needs to come together to help the people suffering in these situations.

“It’s a good idea in theory, but they aren’t executing it well,” senior Elle Bancroft said. 

Students claim that the videos display a very bland and robotic message, which in most classes, many people just ignore.

“High school kids are not going to take a boring video seminar seriously,” Bancroft said. 

While the idea is held in high regard by students, many of them agree that the execution was poorly done.