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Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

     

​Mental Health and Wellbeing Week is next week at Woodleigh.

The student Health and Wellbeing Committee have been working very hard to organise this week. This week is aimed to raise public awareness of mental health issues community-wide by encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood.

We need to engage in positive mental health practices as this is important when dealing with and managing challenging experiences. Every day during this week there will be a specific focus aimed at building resilience and practising a range of strategies that everyone can use at any stage in their life. We encourage the Woodleigh Community to talk openly about mental health and ask families to get involved in these activities prompting unfiltered dialogue about this important issue.                                                              

Monday – Awareness and Appreciation Day

Show your appreciation to someone who did something nice. Say: 

  • "It was really kind of you to…" 
  • "It really helped me out when you…" 
  • "You did me a big favour when…" 
  • "Thank you for listening when…" 
  • "I really appreciated it when you taught me…", or 
  • "Thank you for being there when…" 

You can also write your gratitude in a letter.

Lunchtime Activity

  • Lunchtime Wellbeing Festival in Agora
  • Mornington Peninsula Youth Services will be visiting
  • Music in Agora as well as food stalls – money raised will go towards Youth Beyond Blue

Tuesday – Gratitude Day

Ability to focus on what we have, not what we don’t have.

How to practise gratitude:

  1. Write down three things that went well during the day.
  2. One thing you are looking forward to most about tomorrow.
  3. Who am I most grateful for today, and why?
  4. What am I most looking forward to about tomorrow?

There will be a GRATITUDE BOARD at the entrance of the library. People are welcome to  add to this vision board – it's all about you, your experiences, and things in your life that make you feel grateful and appreciative.

Wednesday – Spontaneous Acts of Kindness Day

Sharing random acts of kindness is one of the best methods for increased mental wellness.

It’s proven to improve your mental state and is a basic requirement of being a good human.

Lunchtime Activity

All-school picnic on the oval.

Thursday – Mindfulness Day

Practise mindfulness. This exercise is as simple as becoming aware of your here and now experience, both internally and in the external world around you and gives you a space in the present moment. Ability to shut off disruptive thoughts.

Friday – Feel Good Friday

This day is for everyone to connect with people around you, reflect on the week and share with each other ways that you are going to look after yourself on the weekend and create a Self-Care Toolbox.

All staff and students are encouraged to wear RAINBOW Colours.

Self-Care Weekend

  • Recap of the week
  • Taking a moment to breathe
  • Surround yourself with friends and family
  • Take a relaxing bath with bubbles
  • Participate in activities for fun and enjoyment

Click here for 3 Mindful Things to Do to Start Your Day

Belinda Schmidt
Teacher of Health and Teacher of Physical Education