Making Mental Health Top of Mind

Making Mental Health Top of Mind

by Sara Nilles with Robin Henderson

The #Work2BeWell campaign unites students from all backgrounds in raising awareness about emotional well-being

I was in the office working on our next leadership training event and up popped a text message from an adviser in rural Oregon—another suicide. This was the school’s third this year, and the year was only half over. The school looked to the activities director and student leaders to help bring the school and community back together. They were grieving, too. In the months to come, this would only be the beginning of more phone calls, emails, and requests for support in our schools. I thought to myself:I studied math education. How do I help? What do I say? What can we do as an organization to help?

It was time to reach out for support. When I did, I found a friend at iHeartRadio who was involved in the #BeWell campaign. This led me to Robin Henderson, chief executive of behavioral health for Providence Oregon and clinical liaison to Well Being Trust (WBT), a national foundation dedicated to supporting emotional well-being in our nation. WBT had recently launched a campaign called #BeWell to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health. They had been in the “awareness phase,” using radio and celebrity influencers to spread the message, and were now heading into their next phase of activation.

As advisers, we know that no one else knows how to activate students quite as well as student leaders! As we looked for help in supporting students with mental health issues, we partnered with #ICANHELP (see related article on page 16) because social media is central to mental health, and this organization rocks at activating youth. We also worked with YouthLine, an established teen crisis helpline and part of Lines For Life, the Oregon suicide hotline that specializes in teen-to-teen crisis support.


5 Things You Should Know and Do as a Senior ASB Officer

5 Things You Should Know and Do as a Senior ASB Officer

If you’re graduating this year, read on! This is your time to finish up what you’ve been working for! Below are a few tips on things you should know and do as a Senior ASB Officer!

Set a Good Example

    1. As a senior ASB officer, it is your responsibility to model good leadership. published an article about 8 essential qualities that define great leadership. Those qualities include: Enthusiasm, Integrity, Communication, Loyalty, and Decisiveness. Are you modeling these kind of leadership qualities? If not, start today! There is always time to learn. 

Know your Leadership Style

Knowing the type of leader you are can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. We personally like the Colors of Leadership. You can take a sample test here.  There are also a few free tests online that might help as well: 

Help Others Succeed

Vince Lombardi said, “It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” Are we cheering on those around us? It’s not just enough to cheer at the finish line… are we there at the first and second turn as well? Encourage those around you to set SMART goals and cheer them along the way. 

Know Your Personal Board of Directors

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING and take this quizNow, use those names to fill your Board of Directors. Being a leader is knowing who leaders are in your own life and who is there to support you and help you make decisions. Having a mentor is important for personal growth. Spend time finding your own Board of Directors.

Leave a Legacy

Have you ever heard the saying, “Leave your campsite cleaner than you found it?” How are you leaving your school when you graduate? Are your successors prepared to take over? Make sure you have a plan to turn over the reigns. And don’t forget to say THANK YOU! There are so many people in your school that deserves your thanks. Don’t forget to finish your year with handwritten notes of gratitude. 

If you think we should add to this list, let us know! Let us know on Social media or email Katie at 


Why you should plan NOW to attend OASC Summer Leadership Camp

Why you should plan NOW to attend OASC Summer Leadership Camp

Why you should plan NOW to attend OASC Summer Leadership Camp

We know winter just started… but aren’t you ready for summer again? There aren’t many things that beat no school and sunshine! Here in the OASC office, we are already planning OASC Summer Leadership Camp. Don’t worry, we’ll share the theme with you soon! We wanted to let you know of a few reasons why you should plan to attend OASC summer leadership camp NOW!

Reason #1: July will be here before you know it!

While days go by slow, months seem to go by faster than we expect! Summer Leadership camp is only 6 months away! If you block it out in your calendar now, other things won’t take the place of your leadership development!

Reason #2: Set a goal and you will achieve it!

People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals. If you set a SMART goal now, it will help you get yourself to camp! SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Based. Don’t forget to set mini goals to help you get to your final goal! Read to the end of this article to see an example!

Reason #3: Make an investment in yourself

Warren Buffett said, “The best investment you will ever make is in yourself.” We agree! Decide now that you are going to work on achieving your leadership goals by developing your leadership skills. Camp costs start at $325*! (That’s as little as $54 per month.) If camp costs are a financial burden, see if your school can help! We also encourage fundraising. Many community members are willing to donate to causes you’re passionate about.

Summer Leadership Camp can feel like a big decision. We know being away from home can be a big discomfort. However, many student leaders are anxious when they first arrive, but always leave wanting more. We can’t wait to see you there!

Click Here to SIGN UP TODAY!

SMART GOAL: I will attend MS Summer Leadership Camp at WOU from July 14-17, 2019.

Mini Goal: Fundraise $55 per month to pay for Summer Leadership Camp

Steps I will take to make this happen: Babysit at least once a week, ask to help my neighbors with their yard work or house chores for money, write four fundraising letters to the local Elks, Rotary, Kiwanis and the 20/30 club.  Tell people about my goal!

*OASC Summer Leadership Camp is priced at the early-bird rate of $329 for Middle School Students and $399 for High School Students.