January can be a difficult month in Toronto, with some of the darkest and coldest days of the year (and this week’s snow storm certainly didn’t help). When Mother Nature seems to be against us, it’s more important than ever that we take care of our mental health. That’s why a number of Greenwood events this month have focused on helping students and staff do just that.
Our annual Mental Health Week, held from January 21-25, continued our efforts to break down the stigma associated with mental health and encouraged students and staff to be mindful of their own mental well-being. In his address to students on Monday, Dr. Greg Wells highlighted the power of music as a mood-lifter (and I have been enjoying our Student Council initiative to play a different song every morning to start the day). Dr. Wells also pointed out that doing three workouts per week is linked with big improvements in mental health, and I know I’m not the only one who feels a renewed motivation to make that happen. (Read more about Dr. Wells’ visit and Mental Health Week.)
Today is also Bell Let’s Talk Day - a national initiative dedicated to starting the conversation about mental health. Students were in the Lodge this morning sharing the ways that they’re going to start the conversation, whether it’s letting a friend know they’re ready to talk or sharing their own challenges with others.
There is something impressive about how Canadians "soldier on" through the winter weather, though it can take a toll. So, today we decided to do something fun and uplifting for students and staff alike by having a special visitor. Stanley (a.k.a. the Stanley Cup!) was here earlier this afternoon to brighten everyone’s day. (Check out photos of the visit here!)
On Friday, many of our Grade 9-12 students will head to the Eglinton Grand for Greenwood’s Semi-Formal. If your child is attending, thank you for speaking with them about the behavioural expectations for this event. I look forward to this being a safe and enjoyable night for everyone!