From the College Counsellor

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Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign coincides with World Mental Health Day, which happens each year on October 10. Mental Health Week raises awareness about mental health issues to promote social and emotional well-being in the community.

The theme this year is “Learn and Grow” which carries a simple but important message – that each of us learn about our mental health and by doing so grow. By learning we are empowering ourselves and others to take an active approach towards good mental health and wellbeing.

The Learn & Grow message also aims to reduce the stigma around mental health because by increasing mental health literacy help seeking behaviours are encouraging.

At Bethany, the aim of Mental Health Month is to:

Enhance mental health and well-being amongst students

Increase awareness of mental health issues within the school

To highlight the importance of valuing yourself through self-care

To encourage help-seeking behaviour

To foster connectivity within the Bethany community – ‘Together We Grow’

Promote positive psychological resilience

Reduce the stigma associated with mental health

In light of Mental Health Week, a number of students are busy organising a number of activities throughout the month of October that promote positive well-being. The Blackdog Institute will also be visiting the school to discuss strategies on building resilience. Stay tuned….

Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor