Pontiac High School-Based Health Center
Why school-based health care is important to me? School-based health care is important to me because, if I can’t get to the doctor or something health-wise while I’m in school, they will always be there. And another reason why school-based health care is important, that are always there to help you and give you good information about health. School-based health care has helped me in many ways by being a good student and also, by being healthy to my everyday life.
My center has helped me in my confidence in so many ways. For example they tell me I’m beautiful even when I don’t feel like it. They tell me my weight is just a number don’t let that bring you down, they also say try always to make good food choices, and exercise a each day, work hard to be that woman with that extra confidence. Also, my center has helped me overcome my challenges is by being there for me when I’m at my weakest point. And one of my biggest challenges is my weight and since the health center is in my school I can always go there for advice.
How I build leadership skills due to my center is by learning how I can help people overcome obstacles. One of my leadership skill I have is listening to people talk and helping them through tough time, when they don’t feel like talking to any other adults. I overcame a hard time in my life and my school center was always there with open ear to listen, I always had a hard time making friends and fitting in – all these things made me have depression. I had a hard time getting through it especially being a teenager. They taught me that everyone has their ups and downs and you have to keep moving forward to reach your goals. They encourage me to get involved in programs at the school.
If it could be anything I could improve what would it be? To be honest I wouldn’t change a thing about it, there are so many reasons why I wouldn’t change anything about it because there like family away from home.
About the My Health Story Contest
School-Based Health Care Awareness Month is the time each year that we pause to celebrate the value of school-based, school-linked and school wellness programs. This year, we asked youth across Michigan to tell us how a School-Based or School-linked Health Center has improved their health and helped them to succeed in school. Contestants were asked to submit an essay about their experiences with a Health Center. Stories will be posted daily on our website beginning in February during Awareness Month to the end of April when we host advocacy day. You can see all the contest entries here.