WellNSS- Mental Health Matters group is working hard to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with talking about mental health. We really want to make certain words part of everyone’s daily vocabulary. What does it mean to be mentally healthy vs unhealthy….when is it important to help a friend look for help….how can students at Northern get help….what are some simple strategies to take care of yourself….
If we begin the conversation, hopefully others will hear, talk to friends, counsellors, family members. WellNSS wants to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to hear that mental health issues are as common as other health issues for today’s teens.
Research indicates the better job we do of promoting, educating and providing support to youth and their families about mental health, the more it will increase the likelihood of them reaching out about a taboo and often misunderstood area of their lives. This is our objective. Our organization has been in existence for three years. It was created in response to student needs.
· Pamphlet “The Northern Map” distributed by buddies to Gr.9’s
· Business cards for students directing them to help resources.
· Day of Green & Tag for mental health
· Bracelet making & Tea
· RBC Run For the Kids Team for Mental Health
· Parent Information Night- Family Navigation Project/ Dr. A. Levitt
· P.D. Day for Staff: Speakers, workshop with Teen Mental Health focus
· Assembly for PHE students: Greg Cronin, his struggles with substance abuse and Mental Health
· Mental Health Awareness Week - Daily lunchtime activities and resources for students to raise awareness and reduce stigma
· Educational workshops for all Grade 12 Students- L. Kriendler/D. Callender
· Bell Let’s Talk Day National Kick-Off Assembly & Breakfast event
· Phone book ripping stress reduction event
· Epic Nap time in the front foyer
· Lunch information sessions on mental health issues led by school social worker, Lisa Kreindler and Delisle Youth Services, Dale Callender.
· Partnership with The Jack Project & Kid’s Help Phone
All our events are aimed at educating staff, parents, and students and working towards stigma reduction.
WellNSS is directed by Student leaders in roles of executive and ambassadors.
Jennifer Carlesso- Guidance, Northern Secondary School
Jennifer Molloy- Teacher, Northern SS
Lisa Kreindler- Social Worker for Northern SS
Dale Callender- Skylark Children, Youth and Families, located at Northern SS