Visitors of Dryden’s Open Roads Public School have no doubt noticed a unique new attraction. To further promote positive mental health as part of Children’s Mental Health Week, students have created and displayed sticky notes with positive messaging across the windows of the school’s office.

“We just want to promote healthy mental health, so that we’re thinking about ourselves in a positive way,” said Holly McGogy, Head Administrative Assistant at Open Roads.

“We gave every single student a sticky note, and we asked that they write their name on it, write one word that they think positively describes them, and then a future goal that they might have. It’s healthy and it’s been super positive. It’s fun for the students to think of a word to describe themselves positively, and for a future goal that they might have.”

McGogy notes that staff have joined in on the sticky wall as well. As well as the sticky notes, the school has daily announcements about how mental health can affect everyone.

“We just really think that mental health is important, and we’re just trying to do our part to bring awareness to it.”

Children’s Mental Health Week runs until May 13.

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