By Arjun Gupta and Kathan Kapoor
This semester, Milton District is employing new and old strategies to improve the mental health of students and make our community a better place. On February 23, Milton District honored National Pink Shirt Day, a day put aside to combat bullying in schools across Canada. Many students throughout the school participated in the event, standing against the issue and showing off their Mustang pride at the same time.
Outside of anti-bullying, MD has also made strides in easing the mental health of students on campus. Towards the beginning of semester 2, wellness toolkits were distributed in classrooms around the school to promote in-school mental health. Toolkits include stress balls, Rubix cubes, fidget tools, and lavender scents. They are designed to help ease the mind when a student is feeling anxious or overwhelmed, soothing them to a calmer state.
There is a QR code on the lid of the toolkit that links you to a website with different mental health supports and strategies. These resources can be accessed at any time, at your leisure, so feel free to find what works best for you. You can also visit HDSB’s Student Support page for additional information.
More and more students are finding themselves struggling with stress and anxiety. The pressure from school and peers can be a lot to bear, which is why MD is lending students a helping hand to ease the load. The Mustangs want you to know that you are not alone, and that we’re always here to support you. We wish you all the best in semester 2!