Serve, set and let’s talk about mental health
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.
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.