To celebrate Canadian Mental Health Association’s 64th Annual Mental Health week (May 4-10), Mariposa Elementary School organized a Health and Wellness Day to support and raise awareness about mental well-being on May 7, 2015.

Mental wellness involves how we think, act, feel and interact with the world around us, and students were able to take part in various workshops and activities. Children from Kindergarten to Grade 4 worked through various stations to learn about relaxation, mindful breathing, cooperating with peers, and building resilience.

Students from Grades 4 to 8 were able to experience three self-selected workshops which they felt best suited their needs and interests.  Their options were:

  • Mindful Movement: a series of exercises used to manage our body, mind, and well-being with guest instructor Dani
  • Zumba: aerobic fitness inspired by dance with guest instructor Christine
  • Yogurt Parfait Bar:  healthy, nutritious and delicious snacks provided by MES School Council
  • Transitioning to High School: former MES grads spoke about the stress and anxiety involved in transitioning to high school
  • Healthy Relationships: the effects of peer pressure and social media with OPP Community Officer Constable Lanning
  • Positive Affirmations: building self-esteem in this creative workshop through positive self-talk and art
  • Stress Management: differences between normal and toxic levels of stress, and how to manage it throughout adolescent life presented by counsellors from CMHA
  • Warrior Athletes: a child-friendly fitness program, with a ninja like flair instructed by Sensei Kris Reynolds
  • Anxiety in Youth: What is anxiety? How is it managed?  Meet and discuss with a CHIMO counsellor

Overall it was a beautiful day and a successful learning opportunities for everyone involved. Check out the pictures below!