June 11, 2019
Students, staff and community members pose for a group photo after participating in goat yoga, hosted by Cypress Creek High School and the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Mental Health Intervention Team on May 26 to help celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month.
June 11, 2019—Cypress Creek High School, along with Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Mental Health Intervention Team (MHIT), hosted goat yoga on May 26 to help students, staff and community members celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month.
The MHIT was founded during the 2018-2019 school year and is comprised of four certified school counselors/licensed professional counselors, two licensed specialists in school psychology and two mental health police officers from the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Police Department.
Students, staff and community members participate in a group session of goat yoga held at Cypress Creek High School on May 26.
The MHIT’s mission is to promote and support the mental health and well-being of CFISD students, families, staff members and the community through prevention, intervention and safety. Through this mission, MHIT members worked with Cypress Creek and Langham Creek High Schools to create the Student Mental Health Alliance (SMHA). SMHA is a student-led organization that promotes and fosters positive mental health awareness to students. During the spring semester, SMHA members worked with their campuses to put on mental health activities, including Cypress Creek hosting goat yoga.
Cypress Creek High School junior and member of SMHA Collin Smith, in addition to Lauri Baker, Cypress Creek counselor and sponsor of the school’s chapter of SMHA, worked to bring the event to the campus. The event concluded a week of promoting mental health at Cypress Creek. During the week, students and staff wore donated “it’s okay to not be okay” t-shirts, and green “you matter” arm bands were sold. Kimberly and David Brooke, owners of Goat Yoga Texas, provided the goats and are Cypress Creek graduates.
Kimberly and David Brooke, owners of Goat Yoga Texas and Cypress Creek High School graduates, provided the goats for goat yoga.
“It was an extremely successful event that highlighted the importance of mental health and wellness through both animal assisted therapy and the practice of yoga,” said Megan McCarty, mental health intervention counselor.
As of now, Cypress Creek and Langham Creek High Schools are the only schools with MHA chapters. McCarty said the MHIT plans on expanding to more schools this upcoming school year.
A goat jumps off participants during goat yoga.