Bell Let's Talk Day took place on Wednesday, January 29 and throughout the week we came together as a community to participate in #BellLetsTalk initiatives.
Bell Let's Talk began in 2010 as a way to start a conversation and raise awareness about Canada's mental health. Millions of Canadians, including leading personalities, engage in an open discussion about mental health, offering new ideas and hope for those who struggle, with numbers growing every year. Funds raised as a result of Bell Let's Talk Day support mental health initiatives, community funds, Indigenous communities, military families, and children and youth.
Students learned about Bell Let's Talk in Chapel on Tuesday and what we can do to help end the stigma around mental health. The library set up a display of books about mental health and provided puzzles and a variety of mandalas to colour for students looking for a quiet activity. Using key messages, displayed within the hallways for everyone to see, our students and staff shared what mental health means to them in an effort to encourage and learn how to best support one another. Students also raised $750 through the sale of 150 "Mugs of Hugs" in a fundraising effort to support the Canadian Mental Health Association. This Friday's Clean Casual day (in support of a charity) was designated in support of Jack.org, an organization committed to empowering youth in the promotion of mental health. Eight therapy dogs came to campus during lunch on Friday and provided lots of cuddles, affection and comfort! We are so proud of the students who participated by sharing their voice and giving back to our community.
There have been many conversations about what mental health is, how it affects all of us in different ways, and how we can encourage and support one another.
Did you know:
Our THRIVE program is preventative mental health based on three pillars: Physical Well-being, Positive Psychology and Lifelong Habits. It has resulted in spaces and initiatives for better eating, sleeping, moving and thinking such as our community garden, outdoor furniture, contemplative space, culinary classes, yoga and healthier breakfast foods.
Lakefield has partnered with Jack.org, a Canadian organization that trains students and young adults how to be advocates for mental health, reduce the stigma and barriers associated with mental illness, while at the same time raise awareness and run initiatives to teach youth how to take care of their mental health. Our local Lakefield Jack Chapter is part of the THRIVE wellbeing program. Students across all grades come together on Thursday evenings to create activities for students that raise awareness, reduce stigma and help students lead their peers towards improved mental health all year long.
The Wellbeing Centre, "The Well", allows students the opportunity to draw from a variety of resources that are readily available and easily accessible. These supports include quality health care, mental health support, rest and restoration.