Students on way to better mental health
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.