Students Learn to Be Natural Helpers

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Approximately 40 students from Elwood-John H. Glenn High School participated in a weekend training session to become Natural Helpers. The Natural Helpers program is based on the premise that students be encouraged to seek help from their peers before going to an adult.  
    
During the weekend, students participated in a suicide prevention workshop conducted by the Sunshine Prevention Center. The session included a presentation from a young adult who had been through the program. In addition, students worked together to develop a sense of trust and community through small group activities and role-playing exercises that served to strengthen active listening and helping skills.
    
Natural Helpers also deepened their understanding of how to care for one another emotionally, and discussed coping skills and how to express limits when a problem requires professional help. Natural Helpers view themselves as part of a helping team and work to break down the barriers created by groups and cliques within the high school.