The best way to end the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness is to start a conversation about it. It’s all about connections.
The following article is just one example of how Grand Erie’s Be Well Campaign shows us how to Connect.
Random Acts of Kindness and Pink Shirts Prove Grand Erie Connects through Kindness
Connections through kindness are one of the greatest ways we connect to one-another.
Of the programs promoted by Grand Erie, two of the most successful have been aimed at encouraging students and teachers to come together to communicate and improve their learning environments through kindness.
Pink Shirt Day (or Anti-Bullying Day), which started is Canada, has grown to become an international event, held at different times throughout the year depending on the country/region. In Ontario, we hold it on February 27. The premise of the day is to end bullying in schools.
Each year, kids are asked to explore the causes of bullying, the resources victims of bullying can access, as well as how each school and community can do more to become bully free. Grand Erie saw a great number of our schools participate by wearing pink and holding assemblies and activities around the topic of bullying and kindness.
Random Act of Kindness Week was held throughout Grand Erie schools from February 15 to 19. An act of kindness can mean so much to someone, especially when they are feeling down. Being kind creates an opportunity for meaningful and reflective conversation that can be both healing and supportive to someone in need.
Kindness comes in many different forms – a smile, a small gesture, a helping hand, and sometimes even a program aimed at changing the conversation about mental health.
Grand Erie supports connections within schools as a way to combat mental health and make schools mentally well.