To mark Psychology Month in February, students at Father Bressani CHS in Woodbridge held their own Let’s Talk Day, to help stomp out the stigma often associated with mental illness.
Students on Father Bressani Mental Health Committee organized the day as a way to raise awareness about mental illnesses and to spreading positive vibes within the school. The day simulates Bell’s Let’s Talk Day, which encourages individuals to spread messages of hope and support for people living with mental illness. Students at Father Bressani were encouraged to send a positive message to a family member, friend, or in some cases a complete stranger. These messages of optimism helped in continuing the ongoing conversation about mental health, and made students aware of how strong an impact their words can have on others. Although the event was focused on the school community itself, the message it sends is universal. Spreading positive feelings is imperative to the eventual elimination of the negative stigma around mental illness, and through one message at a time Father Bressani is helping to make this a reality.
The Desire for Change Council at St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School in Woodbridge challenged the school’s students to take a 21 Day Fitness Challenge, as part of the school’s Psychology Month activities.
The 21 Day Fitness Challenge took place from February 9-27, for 20 minutes each school day, after dismissal. It supports good health practices through fitness, and promotes the importance of paying attention to one’s body, mind and spirit. Students would gather to get fit by participating in resistance training, yoga, and mindfulness breathing.