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Breaking Down Stigmas: The Empowering Green Bandana Project in Norton, MA

BySamantha Jones

May 16, 2024
High school students in Massachusetts utilize green bandanas to combat the stigma surrounding mental health

During Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the color green is used to symbolize support for mental health awareness. In Norton, WBZ visited a high school where students are working to break down stigmas surrounding mental health through an initiative called the Green Bandana Project.

Vanessa Lee, a freshman at Norton High School and peer advocate, describes the Green Bandana Project as a stress relief tool that she keeps on her backpack during tests. The Assistant Principal at Norton Junior High School, Ronnie Goldstein, who is involved with Project 351, a non-profit supporting the Green Bandana Project, recognizes the increasing pressures faced by students today, particularly due to social media.

Goldstein emphasizes that it’s alright for students to rely on others for support and that the embroidery on the green bandanas signifies friendship and support while reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Another student, Benson Chang, stresses the importance of prioritizing mental well-being and reaching out for help when needed.

WBZ is a sponsor of Project 351, a non-profit organization that works to empower and support teens through initiatives like the Green Bandana Project.

By Samantha Jones

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