Year 8 students attend Mental Health Day at the high school

October is mental health awareness month and as part of their own campaign around this issue, last week Singleton High School, hosted a Mental Health Day.

AWARENESS: Charlotte Smith-Hughes 2019 Singleton High School girls captain with some of the Year 8 students playing bubble soccer.

AWARENESS: Charlotte Smith-Hughes 2019 Singleton High School girls captain with some of the Year 8 students playing bubble soccer.

The day involved inside and outside activities and discussions designed specifically for Year 8 students.

Singleton High School’s 2019 girls captain, Charlotte Smith-Hughes said the organisers wanted to especially raise awareness among the Year 8 students of the impacts of bullying.

“Research has shown that this age group is when bullying can escalate and we hope the day would highlight the risks and lead to its prevention,” she said. “We want the students to think about the consequences of their actions.”

Yoga instruction

Yoga instruction

Being mentally healthly also involves being physically healthy.  To this end the students enjoyed yoga sessions and advice for simple forms of physical activity such as dancing in your home. Games of bubble soccer proved very popular along with a chance to chat to the police about their role in the community and the fact they are often the first responders to a mental health crisis.