October is Mental Health month; the aim of the initiative is to raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing. At AISHK we have decided to celebrate this through a Tune into Mental Health week. Starting on the 25 October, we will be holding a variety of events and activities for students, staff, and parents, with the goal to focus on our individual and collective wellbeing; as well as looking at what we are doing as a community to become mental health allies.
Primary students will engage in lessons about tuning into their feelings. Older Primary students will discuss ways to tune into their feelings while also accepting and assisting others to talk about their feelings. All students will be offered opportunities to engage in and learn new wellbeing activities they can do. For students in Secondary, we will spend time during pastoral care and PDHPE lessons to consider the way we approach our own mental health and how we can best support others. This will culminate in a full school display, in the atrium, on how we ‘Tune into Mental Health’.
Across the school, there will be time allocated at assemblies to mark the occasion. During lunchtimes, students will be encouraged to go along to the SRC-run Connection Cuff stations and make a cuff for themselves or one another. These cuffs will be in different shades of green to symbolise our support of mental health. Students will have permission to wear the cuffs to school during the mental health week.
On Friday, as a way to finish the week, the Senior Rock Band will put on a “Tune into Mental Health’ outdoor, lunchtime concert, for both primary and secondary students.
For parents, our school psychologists, Ms Bernadette Spencer and Ms Joanna Chan are presenting information sessions, at school, on mental health. The first session will be on Tuesday 26 October, 8:30am; the focus will be children’s (12 years old and under) mental health. The second session will be on Friday 29 October, 8:30; this focus will be young people’s (12 years old and over) mental health. More details and RSVP requirements to follow.
Staff will be invited to participate in a variety of wellbeing activities, including meditation and PE for grown-ups. Staff will also be encouraged to take the time during the week to share a cuppa with a colleague and a chat about mental health.
We encourage the entire community to use this month as an opportunity to discuss, consider and prioritise mental health.
AISHK Wellbeing Committee