Rockcastle Co. student makes mental health vlog

Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2021-04-12 11:16:59-04

ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A senior at Rockcastle County High School has started a video blog on social media,dedicated to helping the mental health of his classmates with uplifting messages to help get them through staying healthy at home.

When Gov. Andy Beshear initially moved schools online for two weeks, Dawson Nicely thought he would see his friends in the halls of Rockcastle County High School soon. Since then, the closures have been extended through the middle of April.

"It's terrible, I'm used to seeing them everyday," Nicely said. "They come over to my house and play pool, we joke around and call it Nicely Pool Hall."

Dawson Nicely says not seeing his friends, along with missing out on senior year celebrations, has been weighing heavily on him and his classmates. So, he started posting videos on his Instagram, at first, as a joke.

"Then people started coming to me, saying 'you're really making my day better, being positive about it.' And I'm like, if I can make one person's day better and be positive about it, If I can make one person think positively out of of my videos, then that's a good day," Nicely said.

Dawson says he was supposed to be picking up his tux for prom this week, but he knows staying healthy at home is for the best. "Just look for the light at the end of the tunnel, just because you're positive doesn't mean you're happy all the time. When you see the light at the end of the tunnel, there is a light at the end of this."

Click here to check out Dawson's vlog.