On Thursday, November 17, 2016, approximately 60 Grades 9 to 12 students involved in Jack.org Chapters at their respective schools took part in an exciting day-long educational opportunity focused on helping them strengthen their leadership and advocacy skills. Jack.org is a national charity dedicated to supporting student leadership in mental health promotion and advocacy, and is all about taking a positive approach to talking about mental health. Each Jack Chapter is underpinned by the message that everyone has mental health and we all need to care for it, and strives to increase mental health knowledge and to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health.
The overall purpose of the event was to provide an educational opportunity for students to strengthen their leadership and advocacy skills such as facilitator training, teambuilding skills, and collaboration. The students took part in various sessions on inclusivity, equity and community advocacy. The session were facilitated by partners including national Jack.org representatives, Public Health staff, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Program at St. F.X. University, Strait Regional School Board staff and students involved in school-based Jack.org Chapters. Participating schools included Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, SAERC, Fanning Education Centre/Canso Academy, Chedabucto Education Centre/Guysborough Academy, St. Mary’s Education Centre/Academy and East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy.
The students will now return to their schools with lots of wonderful activities and ideas that they can implement to increase the awareness and understanding of mental health.
For additional information, please visit jack.org.