During May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness month and our St. Paul’s Counselling Team prepared numerous activities throughout the week, for staff, parents, and pupils, to remind us about the importance of looking after ourselves mentally and physically, connecting with others and having fun.
St. Paul’s aim is to look at Mental Health as a social net, as something we can promote collectively, that brings our community together – supporting each other. 10% of global population had a diagnosed mental health disorder in 2017, these numbers will certainly increase post pandemic. Under the “We Care Programme”, we understand that we all have a responsibility in each other’s well-being, that by being kind to each other we create a supportive environment that promotes good mental health.
Promoting mental health awareness is also important to reduce stigma. The more we talk about it, and more knowledge we gain, we help to reduce stigma. Stigma around mental health still exists and reduces the chances of treatment. We all, as a community, need to work intentionally to reduce stigma around Mental Health diseases.
Pupils enjoyed receiving treats at the school’s entrance, as gentle reminders they were able to take throughout their day. Our Pre-Prep pupils designed their own cards with inspiring messages that were given to pupils and staff.
Staff members enjoyed a special treat: a 15-minute massage! They also had special activities, such as arts and crafts workshops, games, gardening workshops and even a special themed lunch!
Lastly, parents were invited to participate in a talk with Dr. Guilherme V. Polanczyk, hosted by Dr Laura Mack, discussing the challenges of the post-pandemic world and children’s mental health.
We were delighted to see the community coming together for such a special cause. We also congratulate the Counselling Team for putting these events together, making this month extra special.