19th May 2023
This past week, our school commemorated Mental Health Awareness Week, focusing on an issue that affects many individuals: anxiety. With the theme for this year being anxiety, we delved into understanding its manifestations, exploring coping strategies, and fostering support for one another. It was an enriching experience that aimed to increase the sense of calm in our lives.
To empower our students with practical tools to manage anxiety, we dedicated time to exploring strategies that can be employed during moments of anxiousness. Through engaging activities, students practised: writing their worries, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and other relaxation methods. These techniques equip individuals with the means to regain control and find peace amidst the challenges anxiety can bring.
Our focus extended beyond personal coping mechanisms. We emphasised the importance of supporting one another when anxiety strikes. Students were encouraged to reach out to trusted peers, teachers, or counsellors for assistance. By fostering a supportive community, we can create an environment where everyone feels understood, valued, and encouraged to seek help when needed.
The engagement and enthusiasm displayed by our students throughout the week were inspiring. They actively participated in various activities designed to reinforce the tools they had learned. From creating calming art pieces to practising mindfulness exercises, our students demonstrated a genuine commitment to increasing the calm in their lives.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all the students, teachers, and parents who contributed to the success of Mental Health Awareness Week. Your participation, open discussions, and willingness to embrace new coping strategies made this initiative impactful and meaningful.
Remember, mental health awareness is not limited to a single week. Let us carry forward the knowledge, skills, and empathy gained during this week throughout the year. Together, we can continue promoting a positive and supportive environment prioritising mental well-being.
If you have any questions or would like further resources regarding anxiety or mental health support, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist you.
Ms Yvonne Mungai