Friday , 9 June 2023
Northern Lights is participating in Mental Health Week: NLPS.

Public schools have activites planned for Mental Health Week

NLPS students will be spreading messages of hope and learning strategies to support their mental health as part of Mental Health Week activities being held throughout the division next week.

Schools will be taking part in multiple activities throughout the week, including Messages of Hope, Hope Rocks, and Hats on for Mental Health, NLPS said in a press release. 

This week coincides with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week.

Last week, LCSD held a Wellness Walk where students took 15 minutes to consider their mental health while going for a walk outside.

Northern Lights Schools participating in Messages of Hope will be spreading hope in their schools and communities with words of encouragement and positive messages. Several schools plan to Chalk the Walk and decorate sidewalks around their schools and communities. Others will be spreading hope with messages painted on windows, written on sticky notes, and even shared on cookies. 

Many schools will also be painting rocks with hopeful messages and either adding them to school rock gardens or playgrounds, or placing them around their communities for people to find. 

On Wednesday, May 4, students and staff are encouraged to wear hats to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Throughout the week, students will be learning about mental health, the things they can do to maintain good mental health, and how they can help others.

Schools also have a variety of other mental health-related activities planned for Mental Health Week, including theme days, wellness challenges, planting seeds, concerts, and more. To find out what is happening at your local school, check out the school’s website or Facebook page.

NLPS invites the community to get involved and show their support by participating in the same activities as our students. Parents, guardians, and community members are encouraged to share their own messages of hope by chalking sidewalks, posting signs at their homes or businesses, or leaving encouraging messages for family members, colleagues, or even complete strangers. Search for rocks hidden in your neighbourhood or paint your own and leave them for people to find. Wear a hat on Wednesday to show your support.

Individuals can also share Stories of Hope on the Engage NLPS site and listen to student and staff stories from the It Starts with Hope campaign that has been running on our local radio stations this year.

Improving students’ mental health and wellness is a priority identified in the division’s Three-Year Education Plan. Our Mental Health Plan includes more information about our action to address this priority mentalMental Health Plan.

Additional resources for families can be found on the NLPS website

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.