It’s Mental Health Week and Education Week in Ontario.

The theme for this week is Equity in Action, which draws attention to inclusion and equity, honoring all students and their strengths. Equity in education is very important in schools in Northwestern Ontario and Education Week provides an opportunity for everyone to talk about it in our communities and schools.

A positive mental well-being is also important in education, and the KPDSB, including Evergreen School continues to promote a healthy mind-set with programs such as nutrition, yoga clubs and other activities to focus on mindfulness and self-regulation.

In addition, in recognition of Mental Health Week, Beaver Brae’s Jack Chapter has organized several events, which will take place over the lunch hour. Each day, there is a different activity:

Monday – Balloon Game: Students will answer questions related to mental health. When they give a correct answer, they will get the chance to pop a balloon and win a prize.

Tuesday – Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Students will be given free, healthy snacks, along with a message from Jack Chapter members about the connection between a healthy body and mind.

Wednesday – Expression Through Art: Students will be invited to draw, sketch or paint a piece of art that promotes positive mental health messages. Art work will be displayed afterwards.

Thursday – T-Shirt Project: In a similar fashion to Jack Chapter University students who started their own line of clothing, students will create their own t-shirt slogan related to positive mental health.

Friday – Smash the Stigma: Thanks to Godbout’s Auto, Beaver Brae will have a derelict vehicle on hand in the front bus loop. Students will be encouraged to write a stigma they learned about mental health on the car, then smash it away with either a baseball bat or spray paint.

Shannon Bailey is Principal at Evergreen School in Kenora and she will be on the Q Morning Show to talk more about Mental Health and Education week tomorrow! is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

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