2020 has been a challenging year for so many people making it even more important to check in with the people around us.
On Social Justice Sunday, August 30, the Catholic Bishops of Australia launched this year’s Social Justice Statement: To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today.
The Catholic Bishops of Australia encourage faith communities, governments and each one of us, to make mental health a priority.
Also with R U OK?Day coming up on September 10, it is a chance to inspire people to meaningfully connect and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling.
With this in mind St Joseph’s College decided to put into action the teachings of these two important mental health initiatives.
The Rice House Leaders recently lead a range of activities to encourage wellbeing, mental health and conversations with classmates to check if they are OK.
During these uncertain times it is even more important for students to stay connected and support those around them.
Students were invited to participate in four different activities across the week during lunchtimes including meditation sessions, skipping competition, personal training sessions and colouring in.
There were also sessions on how to ask a schoolmate R U OK that included tips on how to ask if those around them are OK and what to do next.
Ben Gehrmann, Rice House Leader at St Joseph’s College, said that it was great to see students participate in the activities last week.
“Our student leaders were keen to provide opportunities for our community to connect and help out each other
heading into exams in an unprecedented year of challenges,” said Mr Gehrmann.
“At St Joseph’s College, we want our students to embody “The Joey’s Way” demonstrating our core values of respect, compassion, endeavour and dignity and RU OK day is a perfect opportunity to check in on our mates and have a conversation,” said Mr Gehrmann.