|MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK KICKS OFF ON MAY 4|
MONTREAL, MAY 1, 2015 – The English Montreal School Board’s Mental Health Resource Centre (MHRC) is set to kick off Mental Health Awareness Week on May 4, using this year to highlight the importance of our connections with others as a protective factor in our children’s mental health.
The theme for this year is “It Takes a Village…”
Leading the charge in their respective communities will be Hampstead Elementary School, John Caboto Academy in Ahuntsic, and Michelangelo International School in Riviere des Prairie along with John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, Lerster B. Pearson High School in Montreal North, and Marymount Academy in N.D.G.
Many schools will begin the week with an assembly uniting staff and students. A number of the activities are student led and have the goal of highlighting some key features about connecting with others, such as identifying important people in one’s life, showing gratitude and performing acts of kindness – all in an effort to build each other up and support one another.
“Having the support from the people around us is a key protective factor in mental health,” said Despina Vassilou, MHRC Coordinator. “From positive messages murals to game shows, to tweeting one another or producing a short film, the EMSB community has been challenged to get creative.”
As a culmination to the week, on Friday, May 8, Dr. Sydney Miller, psychologist and local talk show host will be speaking on the topic of “Your Social Network,” highlighting the importance of our connections with one another. This talk will take place at the EMSB Administration building and is open to all interested staff.
Michael J. Cohen