Mental Health Awareness at Sacred Heart

It’s Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, January 31st. Dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research, and leading by example in workplace mental health.

At Sacred Heart, we too are concerned about our students’ mental health and well being. We have implemented several programs to promote conversation and mindfulness, such as: 

  • School Counsellor, Florise Boyard, runs a year-long distress program in the school’s General Instruction.
  • Science Teacher, Peter Judson, conducts mindfulness activities with the Sec II students  and a new program will begin with Sec IV students in March.
  • Yoga is also offered after school on Wednesdays.

Guest Speakers 

Ryan Golt, from McGill University’s Stronger than Stigma, is invited to talk students in Sec III-V about the stigma around Mental health.
 
And McGill University’s IFMSA/OSMOSE will be invited to speak to our senior students to help demystify mental illness specifically among Sec IV and V students. A subject that generates interest among teens because their prior knowledge is often limited.
   Once again, in April, Partners for Life will be presenting a talk about mental health, depression and generalized anxiety.
 
And finally, the school will begin the practice of Espacio which is very popular with the Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Espacio is a 2-minute mindfulness practice which provides a time for quiet and reflection, to pray, or just be still for a moment. 
 

Let’s Make a Difference Together – Remember every interaction on Bell Let’s Talk Day counts. Bell will donate towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter.