How many times have you been having a REALLY bad day, but couldn’t quite explain it to your coworkers/family/friends? In our day-to-day lives, there’s not a lot of room for giving a real answer to “How are you?” But one group of teachers is trying to change all that, starting with their students.
Texas teacher Jessie Cayton recently went viral for her mental health “check-in” poster board, where students can explain how they’re feeling with a (private) sticky note. The options include “I’m great,” “I’m meh,” and “I’m struggling.”
The idea has exploded on social media, and for good reason. The board may look simple, but it’s an exercise in vulnerability, connection, and self-awareness — all things that the world needs more of.
The poster board was originally invented by a high school teacher in San Francisco, Erin Castillo.
“Many of us struggle to find the words to ask for help,” Erin explained to BuzzFeed News. “I thought this poster could make it a bit easier for my students to reach out.”