Opinion: Comic to talk on mental health


Anytime a serious, important topic can be communicated to the masses, that’s just fine with us. To that end, stand-up comic and activist for mental health Kevin Breel will deliver his presentation “Stand Up for Mental Health with Hope, Help and Community” at 7 p.m. on March 17 at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Leonard Auditorium. We hope you’ll find this noteworthy and that you’ll attend. According to HSE Schools, Breel has been featured on MTV and TEDx as well as the Today Show on NBC. His 45-minute message is direct and honest about depression among young people based on his personal experience and will be followed by a session with local professionals. HSE Young Life and HSE Parents in Partnership are sponsoring Breel’s appearance. He brings some levity to the discussion, but the message is crystal clear: This is serious business. His delivery has been characterized as “Hilarious. Honest. And unbelievably powerful.” The program is open to the public, and there is no cost for admission. States Breel on his web site, www.kevinbreel.com, “Due to the overwhelming response from my TED talk, I’ve decided to dedicate this year to talking in cities and at colleges about mental health issues and suicide prevention. It’s a topic that is truly close to my heart, my family and my friends.” For more information, call 594.4100.

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Elsewhere in HSE Schools, we offer a hearty salute to the 100 students at Fishers, all enrolled in honors-level German classes, which took part in the recent National German Exam. Nearly 1,200 German students took this exam in Indiana this year. Twenty-seven FHS students took gold medals (with Katherina Fransen placing first in the state), 17 earned silver medals and 10 garnered bronze medals. The gold medalists are now able to apply for a scholarship to study in Germany this summer. Gut gemacht (well done)!

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