Dignity in Mental Health

Last Updated: Friday, 23 October 2015 Published: Friday, 23 October 2015 Written by Grace Etienne

On Tuesday 20th October, 2015, the 3rd form students of the Convent High School attended a 45 minute talk in the school's auditorium by two mental health specialists, Ms. Lesley-Ann Waldron and Mrs. Carole Soto. The month of October is internationally recognized as World Mental Health month. World Mental Health Day under the theme 'Dignity in Mental Health' was celebrated on Wednesday the 14th of October 2015.

Ms. Waldron stated that mental health is the condition of someone's psychological and emotional well-being and not merely the absence of a mental disorder. She also pointed out that we should not believe the stigma surrounding people with mental illnesses. Many people believe the misconception that all people with mental illnesses are 'parros'. But this is simply not true.
Ms. Waldron further enlightened us by stating a few types of mental disorders common amongst teenagers. Inclusively depression, general anxiety disorders and conduct disorders are a few types. She shared with them their mantra, “When I see them, I think it could be me”.

After the fruitful talk, Mrs. Carole then practised calming exercises with the students. After this talk on the importance of breaking the mental health taboo, it is without a doubt that the 3rd form students learned a lot and were grateful for this new knowledge. The vote of thanks was given by Leslie Roberts, a student of 3-2. Special thanks to our home room teachers, Ms. Cuffy, Mrs. Seaman-Williams, Ms. Charles and Ms. Alexander for organizing the session as they continue to ensure we develop into well rounded students.

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