Mental Health Week at the OCDSB

Mental Health Week at the OCDSB
Posted on 05/11/2023
Mental Health Week at the OCDSB

During the first week of May, OCDSB schools took part in Mental Health Week. This year’s theme, “My Story”, recognizes the unique stories and experiences each of us brings to the world. Throughout the week, schools across the District participated in activities to connect with one another, talk about mental health, share wellness practices, and break down barriers for everyone.

Hawthorne Public School organized a Chill Fair in the library. This event was the culmination of several weeks of "stress lessons" delivered by the District’s Learning Support Services team, where students learned about stress responses and healthy ways to manage stress. Grade 7 students chose topics related to the lessons. They conducted research and created interactive visual displays with activities like games, surveys, deep breathing exercises, visiting a sensory room, and more. A student greeted Chill Fair visitors with information about supports for stress and anxiety. This student-driven event was complete with a prize draw.

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Students and staff at Heritage Public School engaged in activities around mindfulness, emotions, self-care, empathy, and kindness. Mme Rogers’ Grade 1 class read and discussed picture books about emotions and the power of words. They practiced yoga and breathing exercises, and went to the school yard for a mindful listening and drawing exercise. Ms. Brunet’s Grade 4 learned about how mindfulness can be helpful to our mental health and participated in a guided nature visualization. They talked about people who support us – from family and friends to community members like doctors and coaches. They also learned about the four pillars of self-care and discussed different examples of healthy habits for each pillar. Photo 2
Taking care of others and connecting with community supports are also important ways to care for our mental health. With this in mind, Glebe Collegiate Institute’s Athletic Council held a “Spinathon” fundraiser event to raise money for Kids Help Phone. Teams of 8-10 students took turns exercising on a stationary bike to reach 6 hours straight of spinning. This annual event brought in approximately 250 student participants. Thanks to donations from the school community, the students were able to raise over $1,700!

Many other activities took place across the District. Students shared reflections of gratitude and positive affirmations, created murals and displays, connected with one another, and started conversations about mental health. Staff from the OCDSB Mental Health Team visited many schools to guide students through activities and share information about supports available. Here’s a look at some more Mental Health Week initiatives:

    There are many resources available to help you look after your mental health, support your family, and talk about mental health with your children. Learn about community resources, articles and tips for parents, articles for students, and supports available within OCDSB schools.
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