Mental Health Month – October 2015

As you are aware, October was Mental Health Month, and our goal last month was to encourage students to make a promise and a commitment to make a little time in their busy lives to look after their mental health. Throughout the month, the students at Bethany organised various activities to support their fellow students in looking after their emotional well-being and to smash the stigma around mental health. Below are some snap shots of the activities that have been running over the last 2 weeks…

The Bethany Board

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Students were encouraged to write/draw something positive on a board that represents who they are.

 

 

A special thank you to Tyla Fawcett and Lara Trisley for organising the activity

 

Headspace Stall

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Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. They set up a stall and provided our students with information about mental health. They also had some great giveaways for the students.

 

 

A special thank you to Headspace for their support during Mental Health Month

 

Meditation

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Students were encouraged to take deep breaths and to focus their mind for a period of time as a method of relaxation.

 

 

 

 

Cupcakes for Mental Health

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Students made and sold cupcakes for charity.

 

 

A special thank you to Lucy Cottier, Isabella Staninovski, Dinethi Algama, Aaliyah Lasala, as well as Miss Therese Napoli and her class for making and selling the beautiful cupcakes.

 

Zumba

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Students were encouraged to participate in an aerobics fitness program that allows them to dance and feel free and happy.

 

 

A special thank you to Filitsa Vais, Anna Maria Sanchez, Angel Quintal, Caitlin Micallef, Rochelle Stevenson, Valantia Stamatopoulos for organising the activity.

 

Origami

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Students were encouraged to write their worries on a paper crane and let them flow away.

 

 

A special thank you to Dakota Martin, Tahlia Kwan, Charlene Garcia and Stephanie Krieg for organising the activity.

 

Paper Planes

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Students were encouraged to write their worries on a paper plane and let them fly away.

 

 

A special thank you to Grace Robinson, Alexia Vassilopoulos, Lucienne Pacifique and Jennifer Barros for organising the activity.

 

Letters of Gratitude

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Students were encouraged to write letters expressing thanks to the people around them.

 

 

A special thank you to Olivia Shrestha, Emily Kotevski and Carolina Perrino for organising the activity.

 

Yoga

Miss Robinson ran Yoga classes that taught students about breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, to promote health and relaxation.

A special thank you to Miss Linda Robinson for organising the activity.

 

Tai-Chi

Mrs Sullivan ran Tai-Chi classes that taught students about breathing, movement and meditation.

A special thank you to Mrs Jane Sullivan for organising the activity.

 

Relaxation Exercises

Students were encouraged to engage in various activities that promote relaxation, including mindful colouring, blowing bubbles, singing, dancing and drawing.

 

Improving confidence and self-worth

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Students were encouraged to write something positive about themselves on a love heart. The comments were put on display in the school corridor.

 

 

A special thank you to Kate Ficarra, Caitlin McGarry and Fiona Pelosi for organising the activity.

 

 

Inspirational Tree

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Students were encouraged to write something inspirational and motivating about life and to place it on our wooden Bethany Tree in light of ‘Together We Grow’.

 

 

A special thank you to Jade Serban and Stephanie De Silva for organising the activity.

 

Party with the Pinata

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Students got involved in a piñata game that allowed students to release nervous energy. Once the piñata burst, students had access to inspiring quotes and lollies.

 

 

A special thank you to Kaitlyn Rooke, Marissa Faith, Joanna Vazouras, Sharlize Lasala, Ashleigh Grady, Serena Siow and Monica Krstevski for organising the activity.

 

More Cupcakes for Charity

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Students made and sold cupcakes for charity

 

 

A special thank you to Miss Therese Napoli, Mrs Robyn Allan and her Year 8 and Year 10 Food Tech class for organising the activity.

 

Letting go of worries

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Students were encouraged to write their worries on balloons and let them go

 

 

A special thank you to Kaitlyn Rooke, Marissa Faith, Joanna Vazouras, Sharlize Lasala, Ashleigh Grady, Serena Siow and Monica Krstevski for organising the activity.

 

I would like to thank all the students and staff that helped facilitate the activities for Mental Health Month. It was admirable to see how many students took time out of lunch to get involved in the activities. I strongly recommend that you all continue to take some time out of your busy lives to engage in some fun, physical or relaxing activities to help improve your emotional well-eing. I will leave you with the following quote: “Never get to busy making a living that you forget to make a life”.

 

Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor