Stu­dents on way to bet­ter men­tal health

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

COLY­TON Public School will launch its Kids­Mat­ter ini­tia­tive dur­ing Thurs­day, July 30, to help pro­mote men­tal health in its stu­dents.

Kids­Mat­ter is a joint ini­tia­tive of­fered to schools to help pro­mote men­tal health and well­be­ing.

It was cre­ated through the col­lab­o­ra­tion of be­yond­blue, Early Child­hood Aus­tralia, the Aus­tralian Psy­cho­log­i­cal So­ci­ety, the Prin­ci­pals Aus­tralia In­sti­tute and the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment.

While the school has held men­tal health pro­grams, such as Mr Scary and Rage, be­fore, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Donna Reid said the Kids­Mat­ter Pri­mary ban­ner will bring those and fu­ture pro­grams un­der one um­brella.

“Mr Scary went for about eight weeks and it got the stu­dents to start think­ing about how we can take these wor­ries and put them aside,” Ms Reid said.

“Rage, for some of our se­nior kids, was about anger is­sues and deal­ing with them.”

Ms Reid said it was im­por­tant to teach chil­dren from a young age about the im­por­tance of men­tal health not only in school but in all as­pects of life.

“We’re look­ing to de­velop pos­i­tive men­tal health and well­be­ing of stu­dents,” she said.

“I’m the one that ac­tu­ally ini­ti­ated it in the school, be­come some of the work that I had done with some of the kids last year it was ob­vi­ous that there was more of a need for a con­certed ef­fort to­wards men­tal health.”

The of­fi­cial launch will in­clude the un­veil­ing of a mu­ral of hand prints cre­ated by the stu­dents and fea­ture a slo­gan for the school’s Kids­Mat­ter ini­tia­tive.

To make the launch vis­ually in­ter­ac­tive, stu­dents will dec­o­rate their own but­ter­fly cut-outs that will have the school’s Kids­Mat­ter slo­gan on the back.

Ms Reid said she hoped the pro­grams would iden­tify the early signs of men­tal health is­sues and get stu­dents the nec­es­sary help at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble time.

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