A Mental Health Awareness Expo provided engaging activities and much food for thought for students at lunchtime on Thursday 15 October. The event was organised by a team of student leaders, led by Deputy Head Prefect, Emily O'Callaghan.
“Aotearoa is currently navigating its way through a mental health epidemic and teenagers are some of the most at risk. Having loved ones and friends who have had struggles with their mental health, often alone, I felt that a promotion was needed that provided students with tools to nurture their mental health and well-being. A lot of people asked me why I would put myself under (ironically) quite a bit of stress in order to plan and run such a large scale promotion. Really, I wanted to let people know that they are not alone and to provide avenues for mental health support. The week did not go as originally planned, being cancelled due to rain and delayed because of both COVID-19 lockdowns. However, I felt the message was too important not to deliver to students. This promotion was a huge undertaking, and the first Mental Health Week the school has ever had. But I feel that all the time spent creating resources, proposing ideas and organisation will be worth it even if it only means that one person gains access to a helpline that they didn’t know existed or if they book an appointment with the guidance counsellor. I believe that connecting people with that help is what has made this a truly invaluable experience.”
- Emily O'Callaghan, Deputy Head Girl