Over the past year Ms. Pence, NHS teacher along with the following group of outstanding NHS Student Leaders, Stephanie Neimi, Hannah Wynn, Max Marienfeld, Collin Bradley, Sam Hunt, Madeline Godfrey, Rori Marvin, Andrea Bryzinski, AnnaMarie Timm, Carly Hummer, and Elizabeth Phelps organized a big day for NHS students. Wellness Day was planned, a day with activities and breakout sessions geared towards addressing many sensitive issues relevant to preparing our students to cope in an ever challenging society.

Speakers from our community included NHS Alumni, Board Members, Local Law Enforcement Officers, representatives from the Think First Jackson Trauma Program, Henry Ford Allegiance Health, as well as survivors of addiction, eating disorders, families of suicide victims and many other amazing guests who all spent their day addressing various sensitive topics; teaching our students the importance of knowledge and support in difficult situations. They shared their experiences and information in an effort to educate our students and provide them the necessary skills to implement positive actions in their own lives.


In his introduction Mr. Dillon, NHS Co-Principal cited the following facts & figures to the NHS student body, boldly stating;

Here’s the cold hard truth…at some point, at least one of these issues at some point in your life just might bring you to your knees,” He followed that statement with, “The point of today (Wellness Day) is to share information with you in the hopes that you will be better prepared to handle life as you move forward, knowing what resources are available, and at a minimum be aware that many of the people you go to school with, work with or for, are on teams or clubs with, or even take a class from or are coached by…this (one of the statistics mentioned) has shaped them to some degree.”


Mental Health: From http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/state-mental-health-america


  • 1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition (that’s over 40 million Americans)
  • In 2011 8.5% of youth were treated for depression.  In 2014, that rate was up to 11.1%.  It’s estimated that 80% are untreated.


From the National Institute On Drug Abuse:

  • In 2017, $11 BILLION was spent on health care treating “illicit drug use”
  • In 2013, $26 Billion in health care spent on prescription opioids
  • Total U.S. Drug Deaths – More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids–nearly double in a decade. Source: CDC WONDER


From The Jason Foundation

Youth Suicide Statistics

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2015 CDC WISQARS)
  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2015 CDC WISQARS)
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
  • Each day in the U.S., there are an average of over 3,470 attempts by young people grades 9-12.


From Anxiety & Depression Association of America:

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 1% of the population every year.
  • Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 9% of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

National Statistics Domestic Violence:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1


University of Georgia sociologist finds that, as of 2010, 3 percent of the total U.S. population have served time in prison. People with felony convictions account for 8 percent of the overall population.

NHS Wellness Day was a great success! We appreciate the efforts of all involved. It is our hope that each of our NHS Students took something useful from the day and would again like to thank Ms. Pence, the Student Leaders, Mr. Dillon and all the staff and amazing guests who worked to make this such a positive learning experience for our students.