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Hats On! For Mental Health Day (May 1, 2019) and Mental Health Week (May 6 to 10, 2019)

April 29, 2019

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, GPPSD students and staff are invited to take part in Hats On! For Mental Health and wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health. Schools can participate by encouraging students and staff to wear hats and engaging in conversations focused on understanding mental health and the importance of removing the stigma associated with mental illness.

You can learn more about Hats On! For Mental Health by visiting, a website sponsored by The Alberta Teachers' Associationand the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Northwest/CMHA National / ACSM National that includes a variety of mental health resources for schools.

The focus on mental health promotion continues during Mental Health Week from May 6 to 10. Students who are mentally healthy are resilient and better able to learn, achieve success and build healthy relationships.

GPPSD Schools: Alexander Forbes The Academy School Avondale SchoolAspen Grove School Bridge Network Outreach School Crystal Park SchoolDerek Taylor Public School École Montrose Hillside Community SchoolIsabel Campbell Public School I.V. Macklin Public School Maude Clifford Public School Parkside Montessori Riverstone Public School Roy Bickell Public School Swanavon School Charles Spencer High School Grande Prairie Composite High School

What is Mental Health?
Just like physical health, everyone has mental health. It begins at birth and continues throughout life. Good mental health is not merely the absence of mental health problems.

Students should be healthy so that they can fully participate in school and community activities.

When we are talking about health, it is not just about physical health, but also about mental health. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness. It is important to take a preventative approach when we know that there may be long-term serious consequences. By using the resources we have today, we will ensure a better tomorrow.

The Public Health Agency of Canada describes positive mental health as “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity”.

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