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Think Pink Survey Results


This October, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Panel partnered with Think Pink to investigate how many people in our community are affected by this serious illness. A survey was sent out to the whole student body and faculty, and the 421 responses detail the extent of the impact of cancer on our community. The results of the survey, as well as methods for seeking help, are outlined as follows.

1 in 8 people who responded to the survey stated that they or their immediate family had been affected by cancer. In addition to making up a notable portion of the Belmont Hill community, nearly 90% of people stated that they know family or friends who have been afflicted by cancer. These numbers are staggering, as the overwhelming majority of our community knows someone who has gone through this disease. At times, seeing family members or friends going through this can be overwhelming, but only 1 in 4 people have discussed the topic with a trusted individual. 

Yet over 20% of those who have not talked with a counselor or therapist stated that they may be willing to do so, given the opportunity. At Belmont Hill, Mrs. Schmunk has established the Family Group as one method which could provide such an outlet to support people going through issues at home. The Family Group is a confidential group of students designed to help students deal with the situations they face. Mrs. Schmunk states that, “Talking about these difficult situations either Individually or in a group is hard but it can bring comfort to anyone who struggles with family illness and loss.” She believes that the best alternative when faced with this difficult situation is discussion, whether that be a one-on-one conversation or attending a group with other people facing similar circumstances.

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