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Sources of Strength

Zander Yates

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On Dec. 5, Metcalfe County held a leadership conference on the topic of suicide under the advisement of Janelle Anema. The purpose of this meeting was to make the leaders aware that suicide is a problem that needs to be brought to our radar and discussed and to prevent Sources of Strength leaders from sinking into the grasp of depression.

Following an introduction game, Sources of Strength were told to choose a partner and received two strings that they tied to their wrist and then criss-crossed them with their partners. They were then told to get loose–which was a lot easier said than done. They tangled themselves up into knots and balls of yarn that seemed endless and impossible and when friends tried to help their attempts also seemed futile.

Once the leaders had all untangled themselves, they learned that life is like that yarn and sometimes you are going to get tangled up and put through hard times and even the assistance of your friends may seem to restrict you more.

From there, the Souces of Strength split into groups to  to dissect the sources of strength slices which are mental health, family support, positive friends, mentors, health activities, generosity, spirituality, medical access, and mental health  and established a better understanding of them while also coming out and discovering the things that troubled them most deeply.

As someone who participated, this was an eye-opening experience and I’m so blessed to have been able to attend this event. I hope that more people will be allowed and recognized for their leadership skills and get to attend as these activities are used to strengthen our school and help battle suicide, bullying and depression.

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