This week, 9-15 October is Queensland Mental Health Week. The message for 2016 is to “Value mental health: our own mental health and wellbeing, that of our loved ones, friends and colleagues, at home, at work and at play”.

We launched Mental Health Week last Friday on Assembly. Our opening prayer prepared by 12.7 RE revolved around this theme. Jane McDonald – Cor Unum Head then addressed the school. In speaking to the girls, Jane explained the prevalence of mental health issues amongst adolescents and that there are many avenues for support available. She implored the girls to look out for one another and to seek help if they require it.

The Cor Unum Committee (Nina, Eloise and Bree) then invited the school community to participate in our own ‘Odd Sock’ Day. By wearing ‘odd’ socks, we were raising awareness that it is okay to ‘have an odd day’. The girls were thrilled on Tuesday as staff and students embraced this initiative.

Danielle Baker, School Counsellor, and I were lucky to visit Headspace at Taringa on Tuesday for an ‘Access All Areas’ event which enabled us to learn more about this valuable resource in our local area. Headspace is a service established to support young people aged 12-25 with mental health issues. The centre is ‘youth friendly’ with a staff of professionals and youth volunteers who advise how to promote the centre as a welcoming space.

To conclude the week, the Year 11 and 12 Health classes are painting ‘smiley’ faces today to again, raise awareness of mental health.

Whilst we aim to be proactive and promote strategies to ensure we have ‘good mental health’, sometimes we go through tough times, remember to check in on one another and to seek support if you need it from the many resources available here at school.

Andrea Reddan

Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing


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