Haley Whitmore had a simple idea for her senior Girl Scout project.

She’d “start a conversation” among her peers about mental health.

“Being a Girl Scout is about who I am … helping people and making the world a better place is something I like to do,” said Whitmore, a White Lake Township teen.

The Lakeland High School senior not only had students talking about suicide prevention, body image, self-esteem and stress, she also created an uplifting event that’s likely to last years after her graduation.

She founded a week-long program called “We Stand Together.” It was held for the first time in late January at 10 Huron Valley schools. Age-appropriate activities were aimed at students in all grades.

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