Art­work to re­duce the stress in stu­dents

Isis Town and Country - - News -

KNOW­ING how to ef­fec­tively man­age stress con­tin­ues to be iden­ti­fied as one of the main is­sues fac­ing the re­gion’s young peo­ple fol­low­ing the 2013 Youth Sum­mit.

As a re­sult, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Youth Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Andrea Bax launched the Stress Con­nec­tion pro­gram aimed at both pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents, which the coun­cil has been de­liv­er­ing in the com­mu­nity over the past two and a half years.

“Through a num­ber of the re­gion’s schools and com­mu­nity care pro­grams, we have been able to en­gage with al­most 1000 young peo­ple about stress – what it is, how it af­fects their body, how to re­duce stress and where to go to find help in deal­ing with it,” Ms Bax said.

“In the first stage, we en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to cre­ate art­work fo­cused on how the body is af­fected by stress.

“In the sec­ond stage of the pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants work as a group to cre­ate a large art­work which com­mu­ni­cates the ways stress can be re­duced. The fi­nal stage sees the par­tic­i­pants cre­ate masks and dis­cuss the places they can turn to for sup­port.”

Dur­ing Youth Month, the art­work cre­ated by the par­tic­i­pants of the pro­gram over the past 12 months will be on dis­play in the School of Arts Build­ing in Bour­bong St from 10am to 2pm from April 9 to 11 and again from April 14 to 17.

“Come along and en­joy the cre­ations of our tal­ented young peo­ple and take the op­por­tu­nity to con­tem­plate stress and how it af­fects your life.”

Art show en­try is free.

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