Summit High School Student Assistance Counselor Amy Herber and senior Mary Kate Davidson gather next to the Students Helping Students table at the recent 'In Their Shoes' program, an initiative brought to the Kent Place Boulevard campus by Attitudes in Reverse and which Students Helping Students -- the Summit High School mental health awareness club -- helped fund.
Held in support of Suicide Prevention / Awareness month, 'In Their Shoes' offers a powerful and moving exhibit consisting of shoes representing the 277 New Jersey youth who, between 2014-16, ended their lives by suicide. The display is intended to help increase kindness towards those who might be struggling in silence and encourage them to seek help.
Members from Attitudes in Reverse -- a nonprofit whose mission is to build understanding and empathy, to encourage early intervention and ultimately save lives -- along with counselors and the Child Study Team, were available to answer questions, give out resources and offer support. Therapy dogs were also on site to support students and lift up their spirits.
Additional funding for 'In Their Shoes' was provided through individual donations from the Summit High School staff.
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