In October, Fairvale High School has promoted Mental Health month and the theme for this year is ‘Learn and Grow.'
Mental Health is defined as the state of well-being in which every person can cope with the normal stresses of life. The Mental Health Association NSW (WayAhead) is the organisation behind this campaign. The aim of this campaign was to encourage everyone to learn and understand that it is vital for us to look after our mental health and wellbeing.
Some tips to cope with stress are:
- Breathe deep release slow
- Volunteer to help others
- Share your passion
- Express optimism
- Listen to live music
- Set a tech-free time
- Remind yourself of the good times
- Explore local surroundings
- Have a mindful moment
- Learn ways to stimulate your mind
The SRC also acknowledged the different avenues in which a student can access additional support networks to explore their own personal issues. The SRC mainly focused on eheadspace which is a confidential free space where young people aged 12 -25 or their families can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. It is important to receive counsel on issues such as bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety and relationships.
If you feel like you need to seek help, this source will always be available.
The SRC also opened the discussion of mental health during recess and lunch breaks by raising awareness on how to deal with stress. We approached the student body with postcards, tips and information and asked them ‘are you okay?’ This campaign successfully informed the students and teachers about the impacts mental health has on individuals and how to effectively manage it.
Harry Ly - Year 12 Representative
Fairvale High School Space for School Captains and SRC events and information.
moderated by SQ
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 whose aim it is to improve the school by voicing the opinions of the student body and to promote school spirit.