BISMARCK HIGH SCHOOLER CREATES WEBSITE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

North Dakota First Lady Kathryn Burgum taking a group selfie with students from Century High School. Photo: Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP

Rachel Roehrich, a sophomore at Century High School in Bismarck, N.D., created a website to help students navigate life in high school and connect them to mental health and addiction resources. The site is called CHS corner. The site includes tips for students on a variety of topics affecting them including how to manage stress an information section with articles for students and a school community resources page. Students also may submit questions for the website, which other students post their answers online.

Backstory: Roehrich and her classmates were one of 17 student groups in North Dakota that received funding through North Dakota first lady Kathryn Burgum’s Youth Ending Stigma Challenge — a program that awarded up to $1,000 to student-led projects aimed at getting rid of the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction.

Notable Quotes: “Youth want to be the advocates,” Burgum said. “They have so much passion around advocacy, and I was hoping they could direct some of that advocacy to eliminate stigma and take a leadership role in that.”

“In a world of information, where there’s information everywhere, ciphering through it is very difficult, so now they have a one-stop access for all kinds of information,” said Laurie Foerderer, who teaches a leadership class at the school.