April 26 Minutes

SLC Secondary School General Meeting Minutes – April 26-13s7f9p



General Information  
Date Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Chairs of SLC Sara Parker and Kelsey Stewart
Location and Room Gallery Room, Winslow Centre
Guests (incl. Trustees)





6:10-6:15 Acknowledgement of territories

Review of agenda


6:15-6:30 Anne Youdell and Charles Lee from Gleneagle Secondary spoke about their Talk to Me 5.0 event.

Goals of the event were:

–       To help end the stigma around mental health and illness

–       Benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association

School-planned event available to community

Guest speakers and a student speaker presented at the event

6:30-7:20 Anna Lemmo and Rachel French delivered a presentation they intend to show to schools on mental health.


–       Mental Health Literacy

–       Increasing coping skills

–       Accessibility to help in the community

Stigma Busters:

–       Language (expand people’s vocabulary to use right and respectful language)

–       Educate Yourself (basic understanding of mental illnesses)

–       Be Kind (be available, show compassion)

–       Listen and Ask (don’t need to know answers, invite them into a conversation)

Differences between mental health, mental wellness, mental health problems, mental distress, and mental illness

Brain Health = Mental Health

“Healthy Mind Platter”

–       Focus time: when we closely focus on tasks in a goal-orientated way, taking on challenges that make deep connections in the brain

–       Play time: Allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, which helps make new connections in the brain

–       Connecting: Connect with other people, ideally in person, or take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, richly activating the brain’s relational circuitry

–       Physical: Move our bodies, aerobically if possible, which strengthens the brain in many ways

–       Time in: Internal reflection, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thought, heling to better integrate the brain

–       Downtime: we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, which helps our brain recharge

–       Sleep time: give the brain the rest it needs to consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day

Table discussions – how large are the portions on your mental health platter?


7:20-7:45 How do we create conversation around positive mental health/stigma/common language?

How to bring this back to schools?

–       Event with students from all over the district – connect groups that are doing this kind of work – bring awareness

–       Followed by in-school seminars with grades or in-class stuff (e.g spoken word)

–       Timing is key!

–       Student-run would hold more appeal

–       Incorporate in to school culture (e.g Centennial musicals – art programs) – This increases engagement as well

–       Don’t necessarily tag it as “mental health” – collaborate

–       Talk about it with creative expression

–       Showcase coping strategies

Questions to think about:

What are some ways you can be a little bit kinder/decrease the stigma around mental illness/improve your own mental health/talk about this more?

How can you “ride the wave”? (Deal with mental stressors and become stronger)






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