Story by Benjamin Regan
Associate Sports Editor
Photos by Sarah Lee
Senior Staff Photographer
ASB’s Health and Wellness Officers provided students with mental, physical, and sexual health resources at their Health Fair on on Thursday, March 10. The Health Fair took place during lunch on the Tiger Patio, inviting different health organizations from around Los Angeles County to inform students of their healthcare options.
Organizations including Insight, a program dedicated to mental health and addiction treatment for teenagers, She/Her/Hers, a Transgender support group, Rise Up and Act, advocating for and workings towards a future without substance abuse, and numerous public health organizations including Planed Parenthood, Keck Medicine of USC, and the Department of Public Health in Los Angeles County participated in the Health Fair.
Change Involving You partook in the event to promote healthy and supportive relationships among members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community.
“We’re an organization that serves API survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence,” Norafujita-Yuhas of Change Involving You said. “I work on the prevention team, and we’re really looking to work with youth and with parents and adult allies on building healthy relationships and supportive environments and starting conversations that bridge an intergenerational gap.”
Each organization handed out shirts, pencils, pens, bracelets, and pamphlets to students walking by. The booths were arranged in a semi-circle along the Tiger Patio, inviting students and staff to talk to representatives from each of the ten groups.
ASB’s two Health and Wellness Officers seniors Sadie Metcalfe and Lauren Yee proposed and planned the event as a way to educate students on the community healthcare resources available to them.
“[ASB has] been working on this event for months now, it’s a collection of health organizations that we found nearby so that people can get in touch with their health resources and know what’s available to them,” Metcalfe said. “The pure goal is to get people to know their health options.”
In addition to the booths, ASB had a “Board of Love” in which one could write their peers an encouraging note or inspirational messages.
For more information, students can access mental, physical, and sexual health resources on SPHS’ Wellness Instagram.