World Mental Health Day

Gold Coast Schools Stand Together for World Mental Health Day!

As a result of a new initiative by A.B. Paterson College Captain, Charley Ellwood, the APS College Captains from four Gold Coast schools have been meeting semi-regularly to discuss the issues facing our collective communities. It was here they focussed on an issue important to us all, mental health, and decided their first collective action be for World Mental Health Day.

On Monday 10 October, all of our students and staff from A.B. Paterson College stood together for an awareness campaign, to recognise World Mental Health Day. Each student and staff member was given a Mental Awareness Ribbon and encouraged to have a conversation about mental health within our A.B. community. Our students recognised the importance of looking out for each other and the importance of reaching out if they need support.

A.B. Paterson College Captain, Charley Ellwood said, "World Mental Health Day presents us with a unique opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate and recognise the importance of maintaining our mental wellbeing on both an individual and collective scope. In collaboration with other APS Schools through the College Captains Committee, we all recognised how important it was that we have these conversations, particularly within a school environment. I have been so impressed by the positive reception from our students and cannot wait to hear about the positive change that arises following these conversations."

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.