Shar­ing a zest for life

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A well­be­ing leader in­tent on build­ing hap­pier lives and health­ier com­mu­ni­ties vis­ited Hor­sham last week.

The Re­silience Project’s Martin Hep­pell ad­dressed stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents at Hor­sham Col­lege, Ss Michael and John’s, Minyip and Na­timuk pri­mary schools.

Hep­pell, de­scribed by one stu­dent as ‘the fun­ni­est man I have ever met’, led pre­sen­ta­tions and pro­vided pos­i­tive men­tal health strate­gies to build re­silience and hap­pi­ness.

Ss Michael and John’s stu­dent well­be­ing leader Louise Ch­ester­field said Hep­pell’s level of en­thu­si­asm for men­tal health aware­ness in young Aus­tralians was a wel­come boost to­wards a health­ier com­mu­nity.

“For us as a school his visit was an op­por­tu­nity to look af­ter the men­tal health and well­be­ing of our chil­dren,” she said.

“This was also an op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with other schools and ex­pand the mes­sage. The more ev­ery­one un­der­stands the bet­ter. It is the old say­ing, ‘it takes a vil­lage to raise a child’. And it is very true.

“We want chil­dren to grow into adults who thrive and have the skills to deal with what adult­hood throws at them.

“Martin’s en­thu­si­asm and pas­sion re­ally con­nected with the chil­dren. They lis­tened and took on board what he was try­ing to tell them.”

Hep­pell also hosted a com­bined com­mu­nity and par­ent night at Hor­sham Town Hall.

Project de­vel­op­ers be­lieve teach­ing thank­ful­ness, com­pas­sion and mind­ful­ness helps peo­ple lead hap­pier and more ful­fill­ing lives.

Mrs Ch­ester­field summed up her school’s ses­sion as a dose of pos­i­tiv­ity.

“There was such an en­ergy af­ter­wards,” she said.

“The staff loved it, the chil­dren loved it, and the par­ents took some­thing from it too.

“I asked some of the chil­dren, ‘If you could take one thing from this what would it be?’ One said, ‘smile more’, and an­other said, ‘be thank­ful for what you have’.

“I think it’s re­ally beau­ti­ful. The qual­ity of the pre­sen­ta­tion and level of en­gage­ment was just fan­tas­tic.”

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