Sharing a zest for life
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.”