Students at Junee High School had a chance to learn some invaluable coping techniques during last Friday’s Wellbeing Day.
School principal Scott Frazier said the day was all about increasing students’ resilience skills and awareness of various support services available to them.
“We had our year advisers running a range wellbeing activities throughout the day, including yoga and mindfulness, cyber safety, self-esteem workshops, life skills, post-school options, stress management, and study tips,” Mr Frazier said.
“We also brought in a colour run at the end of the day to tie in physical health and the social health that being with others can give you.”
Mr Frazier said one of the day’s highlights was a session with former rugby league player Joe Williams.
“He spoke about his experience with the enemy within and provided students with skills surrounding suicide awareness and prevention in a very proactive way that really engaged them,” he said.
“Joe Williams made a lot of good points about how mental health interacts with sleep, eating well, empathy towards others, but also exercise and that half an hour of exercise gives you 12 hours of feel good endorphins.
Junee High’s wellbeing coordinator Bree Biggar said the day was well received by students and teachers alike.
“A lot of kids don't know who to go to for support, or sometimes they’re afraid to go to someone and say there’s something going on in their life that they need help with,” Ms Biggar said.
“Even if they only got one thing out of it – whether that be knowing where the supports systems are, an awareness that others are going through the same things as them, or learning to be mindful and supportive of each other – then I feel that the day was a success.”