Serve, set and let’s talk about mental health

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It was teach­ers ver­sus stu­dents in a fundrais­ing volleyball game for mental health ed­u­ca­tion at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Sec­ondary School. In part­ner­ship with the Cana­dian Mental Health As­so­ci­a­tion of Cham­plain East (CMHA), the 2nd An­nual St. Joe’s school chal­lenge was re­cently held in the school’s gym­na­sium with a large amount of the stu­dent body in at­ten­dance. D’Alessio said the stu­dents who wanted to miss class to at­tend the game pledged one dol­lar. The school has a dress code and an­other dol­lar was pledged by the stu­dents to “dress down” for the event, said D’Alessio. The stands were a sea of green, as many stu­dents wore the colours of the CMHA. St. Joe’s was the first school to start the TAMI pro­gram and now many oth­ers have fol­lowed suit, said D’Alessio. The work­shops aim to in­crease the un­der­stand­ing of mental health/ill­ness and dis­pel com­mon mis­con­cep­tions of ill­nesses such as schizophre­nia, bipo­lar dis­or­der, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

TAMI topics in­clude an in­tro to is­sues of mental health, sui­cide aware­ness and pre­ven­tion, stress man­age­ment and tes­ti­mo­ni­als – where stu­dents can hear first hand from a per­son who has suf­fered from mental ill­ness. The CMHA be­lieves ed­u­ca­tion on mental health should be­gin in high school be­cause symp­toms be­gin be­tween the ages of 15 and 24.

All the funds raised from the St. Joe’s volleyball game school chal­lenge will di­rectly im­pact the TAMI project. Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion Teach­ers Jack Chisholm and Carolyne Bon­neville were the main or­ga­niz­ers of the event and the CMHA would like to thank St. Joe’s Prin­ci­ple John Cameron and Vi­cePrin­ci­ple Dave McLeod for al­low­ing the game to take place dur­ing class hours.

Pho­to­byJoelD.Her­ring­ton

Pic­tured(L-R)in­frontareSehrish Am­jad, Em­maLe­gal­lais, PaigeSmithandSa­man­thaBrazeau. Inthe back(L-R)areCMHAMen­talHealthPro­moter AngèleD’Alessio, St. Joe’s Vice-Prin­ci­palDaveMcLeod, CodyKrol, KohlinRasen­berg, An­dreaMcPhail, CMHAMen­talHealthPro­moterJoséeDes­lau­ri­er­sandSt. Joe’sPhys­i­calE­d­u­ca­tionTeach­er­sCarolyneBon­nevil­le­andJack­Chisholm.

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