In conjunction with National Mental Health and Awareness Week, Spruce Glen Public School recently held their first ‘Health and Wellness Parent Night”. Parents and staff were treated to guest speaker Suzanne Witt-Foley, who spoke about chronic, toxic stress and its impact on our physical, mental, and social health. Then, participants in the evening rotated through a variety of optional carousels of their choice, including representatives from Hands, the Family Health Network, the Simcoe-Muskoka Health Unit, Parry Sound-Muskoka Sexual Assault Services, and representatives from TLDSB Student Services and Spruce Glen staff. Attendees were also able to learn more about, and participate in, the benefits of mindfulness yoga and massage therapy. The evening culminated in a drumming circle facilitated by Bazza. Attendees not only learned about their mental health well-being challenges, but more importantly, were able to identify and participate in strategies to help them ‘bounce back’ as they strive to achieve physical, mental, and social well-being.

Spruce Glen PS would like to thank everyone who made the event a success, the presenters and facilitators, the parent council for their snack contributions, and most importantly, the staff and parents who came out to the event. A fun time was had by all!