GISS’s first Mental Wellness summit served as a fantastic initiative to open up the discussion about mental health and wellness by providing an abundance of information and resources. As a student who feels the every-day pressures of achieving academic success, along with the constant nagging thoughts of post-secondary education and balancing a personal life, it is easy to feel lost, hopeless, and to let your mental wellness sit on the backburner. Attending three of the 40+ workshops provided, I have been able to gain a better understanding of what myself and others are experiencing with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and body image. I especially enjoyed the keynote address by Andrea Paquette, and spoken word presentations by Taryn Muldoon and Jeremy Loveday. As a student organizing this school-wide event, I am proud to say that I participated in orchestrating this inspiring, informative day. Though there were long nights and bouts of panic in the days leading up to the event, our Leadership team remained positive, productive, and communicative with the immense support of Leadership Teacher Ms. Pardiwala, and GISS’s enthusiastic administration.
By Catelyn Creswick
GISS student in the Leadership class
The GISS Wellness Summit, held on February 16th, provided an opportunity for all GISS students to participate. The summit was organized by students, for students, and precedes a regional forum being planned for early May. The GISS Leadership class, with teacher Nikita Pardiwala. led the planning of the event.
Check out the extensive list of workshops offered here.
The GISS Leadership class and GISS would like to extend their thanks to:
- all of the presenters and workshop leads, and
- Sarah Hook-Nilsson from Connecting Generations for her time and dedication.
In addition, the Leadership class wishes to acknowledge the invaluable financial support offered by:
Additional resources include:
- Growing Healthy Kids: A resource for the Southern Gulf Islands
- Reach Out: Youth Suicide Intervention Toolkit
- Compassion: A Suicide Intervention Toolkit for Professionals
- Connect: A Suicide Intervention Toolkit for Parents & Caregivers
photos: John Cameron