STUDENTS at CBC Fremantle had one question on their mind recently.
Hundreds of them took to the oval to spell out the important ‘RUOK?’ question to round out their Mental Health Week program, which also included a talk from Black Dog on a Lead co-founder and former student Massimo Iustini and a visit from the Kai Eardley Foundation.
CBC senior school assistant deputy principal Samantha Emslie said it was important for the school to help its students understand mental health given how many teenagers were affected with anxiety and depression.
“Kai is an alumnus of CBC and his brother was a student at the College when Kai ended his own life,” she said.
“This had an enormous impact on the community and we are very grateful for the opportunities that his mum Claire has given to us to support the Kai Eardley Fund.
“It provides an avenue of healing for the boys who know the family, as well as being a powerful way of helping students understand that they will be supported and offered assistance if they are ever in need.
“Encouraging young men to talk openly to their friends and teachers and to ask for help is paramount and we need to help them to understand that it is okay to talk about their feelings and that they may be struggling.”
She said more than $1200 was raised for the Kai Eardley fund through the sale of merchandise at the school during Mental Health Week.
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