Smiling Minds lifts mental health of Yanchep students

Yanchep Lagoon Primary School teacher Liz Gibbes with students Sienna, Lukas, Henry, Alexis and Daniella. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493818
Yanchep Lagoon Primary School teacher Liz Gibbes with students Sienna, Lukas, Henry, Alexis and Daniella. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493818

A FREE mindfulness program is helping improve the long-term mental health of Yanchep Lagoon Primary School students.

Not-for-profit education and mindfulness organisation Smiling Mind selected the school as a beneficiary of the program, provided free through a three-year charitable partnership with Frasers Property Australia.

“Working with students in particular is so important to build awareness and resilience around mental health,” Smiling Mind chief executive Addie Wootten said.

“With one in four secondary students and one in seven primary students suffering from a diagnosed mental illness it’s vital that we, as a community, do everything we can to take a proactive approach to preventing this health issue.”

Dr Wootten said benefits included managing stress, developing emotional intelligence, enhancing creativity, decision making and problem-solving skills.

Yanchep Lagoon principal Alan Curtis said the school was grateful to have access to the valuable program at no cost, with more than 350 students taking part.

“We know from other schools that have adopted the Smiling Mind program just how beneficial it is,” he said.

“It is so encouraging that we have been given the chance to offer this to our own school community.”

To register a school, visit www.info.smilingmind.com.au/frasersprogram.

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