School principal raising awareness for mental health
Lee Masters taking the long route to work Oct. 10
RUSHOON, NL— Lee Masters, principal at Christ the King School in Rushoon, plans to raise awareness of mental health one step at a time.
Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day – that’s the day Masters plans to leave his home in Winterland to walk 50 kilometres to the school in Rushoon.
“Sometime, while we’re really quick to look out to our physical health, we’re not always quick to do the same for our mental health,” said Masters. “The two are linked together, so I though about doing something
“What a wonderful way to celebrate that day, which sometimes goes under the radar, and bring some light to the idea that everyday we can do something that promotes our mental wellness.” Lee Masters
that linked physical fitness and health with mental health.”
Master said over the past months, he has been availing of the community’s walking trails and fitness facilities.
“I became a walker, and that evolved into (the idea) to do some sort of a walk.”
The idea turned into a walk to work, and chose to do it on World Mental Health Day.
“What a wonderful way to celebrate that day, which sometimes goes under the radar, and bring some light to the idea that everyday we can do something that promotes our mental wellness,” he said.
Masters has received support from friends, family and coworkers, as well as the students of Christ the King.
“Late in my walk as I approach the community of Rushoon, all the students here at the school are going to join me in the last kilometer.”
The students will meet Masters at the bridge in Rushoon. From there they will continue to the school, where they will assemble in the gym for a discussion on mental health.
He said people have shown their support by asking if they could join him, and offering to supply food and water along his route.
“I didn’t make it into a fundraiser,” he said. “It’s not about raising money, it’s about raising awareness.
“It has been overwhelming, the response I have gotten from the public, from people I barely know who have encouraged me along the way to see this through, and have pledged their support.”