During the month of April, we conducted our annual Mental and Physical Health series. We held multiple workshops on how to create different types of stress balls. We discussed different ways to address stress, anxiety, and depression. We played games such as feelings in a jar, and choices in a jar with our peers. This allowed students to express and reflect on their feelings. We also conducted yoga and breathing exercises.
Planning for our different events began in September 2018. With permission from our school Principal Ms. Mason, we began our planning and setting dates. Our goal was to provide mental health resources and support to students. we wanted to provide students with a safe space to express their feelings and emotions.
We conducted research and read articles on teen depression, teen stress and the different changes happening to the brain during adolescence. As a team we researched how important it is to address school mental health and for adolescents to have the support they need. Adolescents spend a majority of their day in school versus anywhere else.
In the weeks leading up to the different events we made weekly school wide announcements during the morning announcements. We made posters, flyers and banners, to place around campus in an effort to spread the word about our different events. We took pictures and recorded videos to document our different events. Our Coordinator Ms. Fields, meet with school faculty members and the school’s plant manager to coordinate logistics for different events.