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School puts focus on mental health

Eastern Goldfields College is celebrating their own annual Mental Health Week this week, with a range of activities designed to increase awareness about depression and having a healthy state of mind.

Students are completing a range of physical, arts and fun activities that tie in with the 2018 theme of “mental health starts where we live, learn, work and play”, including a tug-of-war, FIFA gaming competition, cupcake decorating and a mental health expo.

To begin the week, students were invited to contribute to a graffiti board, answering the question “how do you stay mentally healthy?”

EGC student services co-ordinator Rebecca Kirkwood said students identified family, friends, exercise, pets, sleep and laughing as their avenues to maintain good mental health.

“It’s really important to acknowledge positive mental health, and to identify what that is because it is different for everybody,” she said.

“As part of our activities we are getting staff and students to identify what is important to them so we can move forward and grow in our conversations surrounding mental health.

“For many, this growth will develop over their lives, but we would love to think that we may have sown the seed to begin with.”

While the school would usually hold the annual week in Term 4, Ms Kirkwood said the school decided to pull the activities to the last week of Term 3 to include Year 12 students about to embark on their final exams.

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