Decorah HS volleyball team works to promote mental health awareness

Posted: Mon, Dec 21, 2020 10:26 AM
DHS volleyball team: (front row l-r): Chloe Reiser, Kallie Mincks, Isabel Ihde, Emma Johnson, Ella Kittelson, Cassie Wyatt; (back row l-r): Annika Franzen, Mara Holland, Amelia Dugger, Avery Shelton, Emma Nierengarten, Abby Milburn, Lydia Ihde

For the Decorah High School volleyball team, it's not all about serves and spikes.  Team members have been working this school year to promote mental health awareness.

Volleyball coach Gina Holthaus says, "Mental health touches so many and knows no boundaries. We want people to know they are not alone. Reaching out to others and asking for help can be so challenging, but help is available."

At a mental health awareness event earlier this school year, the volleyball team created a display board, offered mental health pins, shared information regarding local resources, and accepted donations for the Step Up Reach Out Suicide Awareness Walk. Money collected from donations was donated towards community education and supporting mental health outreach and suicide prevention efforts in Northeast Iowa.