We have had a fabulous week this week with much energy focused at the College on our Mental Health Week. According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Our week is aimed at prevention of mental health conditions in our students. All research indicates that having strong social connections and personal relationships as well as being part of a community are essential to maintaining good mental health.
Furthermore, the research highlights that high levels of mental health result in increased learning, creativity and productivity. Young people who are flourishing mentally not only exhibit positive social behaviour and positive social relationships but their physical health is in good shape.
This is what we want all of our students to be and to experience. Our week has offered opportunities for our 3-10 students to learn how to care for themselves and to seek help whenever they recognize the symptoms of a deterioration in their mental health.
I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Mr Aaron Davey and the K-10 Pastoral Care Team as well as our Year 10 student leaders and many staff for their excellent work in pro-actively supporting the well-being of our students.
Ms Beth Gilligan, Dominic College Principal