Riverwalk Wellness Centre had a successful visit to Jean Vanier Catholic High School in Richmond Hill yesterday. We met four groups of grade nine religion students where we held workshops focusing on the connection between mental health and eating disorders. The students had the opportunity to think deeply about the way in which they can support family, friends, and peers that might be suffering. Each class brainstormed the various factors that may influence one to think negatively about their body image or self worth. The students also developed and shared solutions to change negative feelings into positive ones, not only for themselves, but for others too. We quickly learn how talented Jean Vanier students are and how they use their strengths within their community, which in turn, allows them to achieve personal growth. The first thing that each group noted was the importance of being present and available for someone who needs support. The students learned how important a circle of care is and they knew of various supports in school and within their own circles.
Thank you to the grade nine students and teachers at Jean Vanier. We know that you’ll make a positive impact in changing stigmas around mental health and eating disorders!
by Carina Cappuccitti, EDOYR Student Intern
For more about our school visits, see our School Connections page!