Submitted by the Public Information Office
Legislator Jesse Gooch and Deputy Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Myrla Gibbons Doxey honored students from the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Centers’ graphic communications programs at Tuesday’s meeting of the County Legislature. The students were recognized for their creative and unique designs for community messaging flyers and bus bench advertisements that encourage people experiencing a mental health and/or substance use concern to contact the county’s 24-hour crisis phone line at 716-285-3515 or 988.
“These students developed messaging that will resonate with their peers, because who understands what young adults face better than other young adults,” Doxey said. “We are tremendously impressed with their great work.”
Niagara Career and Technical Center's graphic communications instructor Susan Staddon said, "My students really identified the importance of working within the community. The idea that the Department of Mental Health came to our classroom and wanted to include students speaking to students with their artwork made a powerful impact, and it continued important related conversations throughout the project."
Orleans Career and Technical Center's graphic communications instructor Karen Krull said, "The students were so pleased to be given the opportunity to do something so significant for their community. It was a privilege to be part of this lifesaving project."