#GetLoud about what mental health really is!
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is asking Canadians to join them and GET LOUD for Mental Health Week from May 7th to May 13th.
GET LOUD by taking action and using your voice to raise awareness and build support for those around you and for yourself. It means speaking out against the discrimination and stigma directed at people with mental illnesses.
Mental health is about more than mental illness. It’s more than being happy all the time. It’s about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life, and managing life’s highs and lows. Everyone deserves to feel well, whatever their mental health experience. And we all need a support system to lean on.
Clearview Public Schools, under the guidance and support from the CARS Mental Health Capacity Building Team and the Family School Liaison Workers, are providing various activities throughout Mental Health Week to help promote mental health awareness.
Mental Health Week Activities in Clearview!
Coronation School is hosting Jack Talks on May 7th where trained youth speakers share their stories and teach students that everyone has mental health and needs to care for it. Coronation School has started a Jack Chapter and will be engaging in several activities to raise awareness around mental health. Jack Talks speakers visited Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus in the fall of this school year.
Free Movie at the Stettler Performing Arts Centre (PAC) for parents and teens on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m:
Growing up in the Digital Age
A film about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance.
(Movie hosted by: Clearview Public Schools ‘Cars’ Program and Stettler and District Family & Community Support Services.)
Mental Health Art Contest:
The CARS team will be hosting an Art Contest open to junior and senior high students. For more information, please click HERE.
Wear green and let’s CHALK about it:
On Monday, May 7th or Tuesday, May 8th, many schools are not just getting loud, they’re wearing green in support of positive mental health. Staff and students are encouraged to grab a piece of chalk, to write, draw and share inspirational messages that promote positive mental health and wellness on the sidewalks.
1 in 5 Campaign:
On Tuesday, May 8th, Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus is participating in the "1 in 5" green t-shirt campaign again this year. Basically, approximately 1 in 5 students will wear be wearing t-shirts depicting "1 in 5" as a visual representation of how many Canadians experience mental illness each year.
Central Alberta Brain Injury Society:
The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society is visiting several schools with their travelling brain school to educate students on the brain. They will be at SES all day on Wednesday, May 9th.
The WEHSSC Grade 9 PE class is hosting a mini-wellness fair for the grade 5 and 6 students at Stettler Elementary School on Wednesday, May 9th.
Join the CARS team for Positivi-Tea refreshments at Stettler Outreach School on Thursday, May 10th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and help them choose winning artwork from our Mental Health Art Contest. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 8 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stop, Drop and Dance for Wellness:
Some schools are participating in “Stop, Drop and Dance for Wellness”.Short clips of music will be randomly played over the intercom throughout the day for a brief dance party for wellness.
The Mental Health Team has prepared lesson plans for teachers, and will visit classrooms throughout the week to support and promote mental health awareness and wellness activities across the division. Erskine School is also working on a Friendship Bench.
To find out what activities your school has planned, please contact your local school’s CARS or FSL team member.