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Bell Let’s Talk…January 26th

Dear Wilshire Families,

COVID-19 has presented unprecedented issues and concerns for our community, our country and the world. As we focus on keeping our families and ourselves healthy, we must also keep ourselves mentally well. The uncertainty, significant alterations to daily routines and structures, and changes to social interactions with important people in our lives can result in accumulated stress.

 What are we doing at Wilshire?

  1. We continue to promote a sense of belonging.
  2. Students and staff practice gratitutde, mindfulness and wellness reflections throughout the day.
  3. School Wide Virtual Assemblies focusing on empathy, optimism, honouring and remembering history, belonging, excellence in learning, school spirit, and kindness.
  4. Opportunities to learn, grow and come together in our Wilshire Library Learning Commons (in person and through the Wilshire Virtual Library)
  5. Happier January Challenge! We encourage our students, families and staff to consider these daily challenges through January.

This week there will be an increased focus on well-being. Bell Let’s Talk Day is happening on January 26th. Connecting, talking, listening, and taking action are imperative to making a difference for our students. Helping to end the stigma around mental illness can help people seek the help they need and create a positive change. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma of having a problem and asking for help. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with mental health do not seek help. Together we can strive to make things a little better each and every day.

What can you do? Linked you will find a Bingo Board with various activities you can do at home as a family. Engaging in and talking about well-being activities can promote dialogue, thinking, and action. Some of the items on the Bingo Board may need to be adapted to suit the needs of your family. Come up with different activities/actions together and see what a difference they can make.

For more ideas and insights, visit https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/. You can also visit https://www2.yrdsb.ca/ to find resources that support mental health, well-being, and coping. 

Let’s keep talking, let’s reduce the stigma, and let’s make a difference!

Janine Franklin