STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL of SD43
|Date||Tuesday, February 27, 2018|
|Chairs of SLC||Sara Parker and Kelsey Stewart|
|Location and Room||Gallery Room, Winslow Centre|
|Guests (incl. Trustees)|
MEETING ITEMS AND MINUTES
|6:10-6:15||Acknowledgement of territories
Review of agenda
|TALK TO ME 5.0 – GLENEAGLE|
|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
|MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION|
|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
– 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)
MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:45pm