Mentally healthy

Butler Primary School deputy principal Therese Gorton and Mental Health Minister Helen Morton. Picture: Jana Topler, from JLT Photography
Butler Primary School deputy principal Therese Gorton and Mental Health Minister Helen Morton. Picture: Jana Topler, from JLT Photography

Accepted by deputy principal Therese Gorton from Mental Health Minister Helen Morton on October 8, the award was recognition for Butler’s work to build a mentally healthy school community.

‘The school has a comprehensive approach to improve resiliency and well-being via a whole-school approach; which includes students, teachers, families and the wider community,’ Mentally Healthy WA’s Sarah Graham said.

‘Lunch-time chess clubs, peer mediation and buddy programs, a community garden, dance competitions, choirs, student versus teacher sporting matches and whole schools picnics are just some of the activities that Butler offers.’

The Act-Belong-Commit program encourages people to keep physically, mentally, socially and spiritually active by getting involved in community groups and events.

The school has adopted the national mental health framework, KidsMatter Primary, and receives lesson plans and activities to help teachers to talk about mental health.

For more information, visit website www.actbelongcommit.org.au