Mental Health Awareness Week

posted Apr 27, 2016, 5:42 AM by

Mental Health Awareness Week is May 2-6 this year.  In Student Services we are committed to raising awareness of mental health issues and disorders, as well as promoting good mental health. 

We all want to be healthy and happy and good mental health is vitally important for both. No one can be truly healthy without good mental health. It involves how we feel, think, act and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about coping with the normal stresses of life and making a contribution to our community.

Our focus for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is “Be MINDFUL” and is based on being aware of how we are feeling, taking care of ourselves and others.  Throughout the week there will be announcements every morning on the P.A. about mental health and well being.  There will be daily activities and music over the PA that focuseson being mindful, positivity and learning more about how to take care of you!  If you wish, we have a variety of effective lessons that will work in multiple subject areas, and are ready to go. If you would like to use any of them, please see us. 

Weeklong Activities:

-7/8 Religion classes will be creating posters that will be put up around the school, raising awareness.  Take a look!

-School Wide Lesson: I Matter – Be Mindful of Who You Are. 

-True Beauty Club will be raising awareness of wellness and resiliency, throughout the week.

-Throughout the week we will have bubble wrap in the Atrium for students to help reduce stress.

-Throughout the week we will have mental health awareness quotes, statements, etc. on the Morning Announcements. 

-HSP3U class will post QR codes on coping and strategies in the Atrium.

Mental Health Awareness Week Activities

Monday May 2nd: Mindful Moves– Dodge ball games, led by the Rec Leadership Class in the Wood Floor Gym.  For the 7/8s, Dodge Ball will happen in the back half of the caf gym after students eat lunch.  7/8s must sign up on the Intramural Board, in advance.    

Mind your Mind Post it Notes – the Peer Mentorship class will be putting up Post it Notes around the school that focus on positivity, resilience and taking care of you!

After School Spin for your Self for Staff – get a workout in, de-stress and have fun with colleagues.  20 bikes! Sign up by the mailboxes!

Meditation activity with Mme. Philippe’s period one class.

Tuesday May 3rd:

School Wide Lesson: “I Matter – Be Mindful of Who You Are”.  Period Two High School and Period 4 7/8.  Information will be in teacher mailboxes.   

Sticky note Kite Activity: “Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it”.  Students in the caf will write self affirmations on sticky notes that will then be placed in a kite formation in the atrium. 

Spin for yourself will be happening from 8:30-9:30 in the Spinning Room.  Students will need to sign up in Student Services to take part.  We will post a list of the students involved and have them let their teachers know, in advance! Staff are welcome to attend as well. 

Wednesday May 4th:

Green Day:  We are asking that you encourage your students to wear green today to promote strength, resiliency and wellness and to show we are against the stigma sometimes attached to mental health problems.   

Staff PD at both lunches with Heather Bennett from Rideauwood.  Her talk will focus on wellness and how to support students to cope positively rather than turning to drug use to deal with stress, etc.  The session will take place, during both lunches, in the Conference Room. Pizza for all that sign up!

Peer Mentorship Class will be handing out lollipops with Mental Health Resource Information on them to students during both lunches.

Kickboxing our Stresses Away: Class offered from 1:00-2:00pm through Farach Fitness. Sign up in Student Services.  We will post a list of the students involved and they will let their teachers know, in advance! Any staff member is welcome to attend as well. 

Thursday May 5th:

Yoga for Your Mental Health will be happening from 12:30-1:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Students will need to sign up in Student Services to take part.  The first 35 students are welcome! No experience necessary. Please bring your own mat.  We will post a list of the students involved and they will let their teachers know, in advance! Any staff member is welcome to attend as well. 

Sources of Strength Atrium Games – Peer Leaders will be in the Atrium at Lunch leading SOS games and activities. 

Friday May 6th: Jeans Day for Staff to promote mental health awareness.  

Letting Go Balloon Activity – Ms. Castellarin and Ms. Shackell’s period 1 classes, and then Ms. Sutherland and Ms. Witt’s classes 7/8 period 2.

Mental Health Be Mindful of You Carousels:

a)     Jamberry Nail Booth

b)     Smoothies Booth

c)     Photo Booth

d)     Tattoo/Henna Booth

e)     Balloon Booth

f)      Bubble Booth