Looking back at Mental Health Week 2020

Looking back at Mental Health Week 2020

Last week, Superior North Catholic District School Board (SNCDSB) celebrated Mental Health Week by participating in activities that support our mental health and wellbeing.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) celebrates Mental Health Week every year during the first week of May. However, CMHA provides availability to ongoing tools and resources throughout the year for those who could benefit from learning more about mental health and wellbeing!

Here are some of the helpful tools on the CMHA website that can help you understand your own mental health:

*Please be aware that these tools are not substitutes for professional advice. If you feel that you may need advice, please consult a qualified healthcare professional.

Here are some ways the CMHA inspired some of our activities from SNCDSB Mental Health Week 2020!

Last week for Mental Health Week we had an interactive Scavenger Hunt. In this scavenger hunt people were asked to show items in their home that they love. The purpose of the hunt was to show people that they have coping tools at home within their reach.

The Things I Love Scavenger Hunt

  • Something that smells good
  • Something I like to wear
  • Something that is my favourite colour
  • Something that makes a sound that I like
  • Something that makes me laugh
  • Something that I am thankful for
  • Something that feels good
  • Something I like to look at
  • Something that tastes good
  • Something that keeps me warm
  • Something you like to play with
  • Favourite book to read/ listen to
  • Try playing with your family and add to the list!

    Mental health coping tools are items or strategies that a person can use to help them deal with difficult situations/emotions.

    The Canadian Mental Health Association list some great ideas to create a toolkit. Many of the suggestions can be done at home. Such as:

    • Colouring/ Drawing
    • Aromatherapy scents
    • Sensory Fidget

    Check out the article on creating a toolkit on CMHA website -  Create your own workplace wellness box

    We live in a time where we can benefit from technology and its tools that brings us together.

    Last week during Mental Health Week we hosted a game of charades, using Zoom!

    • It was a simple activity but served a great purpose.
    • It briefly connected students.
    • They got to share some laughter and even had to think creatively and engage in movement!
    list of charade topics

    Try these at home with your family or friends over Zoom! Add to the list, make them easier or harder – it’s up to you!

    “One of the main causes of loneliness is social isolation – not having the necessary social connections to keep us from feeling lonely.” – Canadian Mental Health Association

    Check out the article Social Connection is the Cure for more information.

    Our team of staff are always here to support you, regardless of the platform we need to use to get there.

    Please reach out if you are in need of assistance and be sure to check out our website for information on the amazing services that continue to be offered by our dedicated service providers.

    "Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."

    Mental Health Week Recap 2020.pdf