Woodvale students learnt important mental health lessons from Perth Wildcats

Perth Wildcats players Jarrod Kenny and Damian Martin with students Layla Croot, Bronte McLennan, Holly Berlandier, Elisha Hunt, Lucas Hutton and Jack Schell. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d443238
Perth Wildcats players Jarrod Kenny and Damian Martin with students Layla Croot, Bronte McLennan, Holly Berlandier, Elisha Hunt, Lucas Hutton and Jack Schell. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d443238

NORTH Woodvale Primary School students are developing an awareness of the importance of mental health from an early age.

The school held a positive mental health day this month, where children were taught strategies to cope with stress.

Event organiser and Year 2 teacher Rachael Robertson keeps a close eye on such programs for primary schoolers.

“With one in seven primary school students suffering from a mental health difficulty and only one in four receiving help, our school formed a Positive Education committee to deal with mental health difficulties and raise awareness at a primary school level,” she said.

“With 50 per cent of mental health difficulties occurring before the age of 15, I realised we had the oppor- tunity to do something profound for the students at our school.”

Students were organised into junior, middle and upper streams and rotated through learning stations focusing on different aspects of mental wellbeing.

Perth Wildcats players Damian Martin and Jarrod Kenny spoke to the children about resilience and motivation.

“The atmosphere at the school was electric,” Mrs Robertson said.

“Activities ranged from glitter jars teaching students about mindfulness, worry dolls to ease their concerns and flour-filled stress balls to use when times get tough.

“I have received very positive feedback from parents.

“One parent noted their child has already reaped the benefits of these activities as her daughter had a peaceful sleep because her worry doll took away all of her concerns.”

The WA Association of Mental Health provided a grant to support the event.