Mental Wellness Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

Group: Olivia Chen ’22, Amital Haas ’21, Jamie Kim ’22, Sophia Peifer ’21

Community Partner: Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS)

Our group collaborated with the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) by making a video on how to practice mental wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We also provided feedback to help SPTS improve the curriculum of their monthly Youth Council meetings for high school students interested in learning more about mental health and wellness, stress management, resiliency, and how to help peers in need.

Our interview with Ms. Susan Tellone, Clinical Director of SPTS, and Ms. Dawn Doherty, Executive Director of SPTS. We inquired about SPTS and ways that we could help the organization.

For our main deliverable, our group created a fun video detailing ways in which people can practice mental wellbeing during this time, especially with social distancing measures. Our video was shared across SPTS’s social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, and was included in a video segment, Sundays with Susan.

We also shared the video on our own social media to spread awareness.

SPTS also asked us to provide feedback on their curriculum for its Youth Council. While we could not directly observe one of their meetings, we looked over the monthly meeting agendas for the current academic year. Our main suggestions were to focus more on Youth Council members’ engagement with their school communities and to create platforms through which the students can have more say in the content and structure of the Youth Council meetings.

Our complete curriculum critique can be read here:  Curriculum Critique 

To help them with the second part of our critique, we created a Google Form that SPTS can use in the future to gauge students’ interests and feedback in the planning of their meetings.



Project Summary


Our critical thoughts on Mental Wellness amid the COVID-19 Pandemic can be read here:

Critical Reflections