Mental health initiative

Creators of Inspiring Change discuss the benefits of implementing the program

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Mental health initiative

BRAIN BREAK: Mr. Stefan Welsh’s eighth period class takes a break during the period to move and stretch. Activities similar to this “brain break” were implemented throughout the duration of the Inspire Change Program.

BRAIN BREAK: Mr. Stefan Welsh’s eighth period class takes a break during the period to move and stretch. Activities similar to this “brain break” were implemented throughout the duration of the Inspire Change Program.

BRAIN BREAK: Mr. Stefan Welsh’s eighth period class takes a break during the period to move and stretch. Activities similar to this “brain break” were implemented throughout the duration of the Inspire Change Program.

BRAIN BREAK: Mr. Stefan Welsh’s eighth period class takes a break during the period to move and stretch. Activities similar to this “brain break” were implemented throughout the duration of the Inspire Change Program.

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The Inspiring Change program has made people laugh, breathe deeper, meditate and be happier within in the school environment. e program took place during a six week period from

English department co-chair Mrs. Kim Striby and Roncalli social worker Ms. Kelley Fisher put a lot of thought into the program

“ e SAP group always wants to address mental health in school, [so] wanted to come up with tools to help with stress,” Fisher said.

Striby and Fisher have received great feedback back from the program. eir only prob- lem is how to move forward with it.

“Our goal is to keep pushing forward,” Striby said. “[Fisher and I] have been soliciting suggestions from di erent people to see what we can do.”

Before the program started, there was a lot of stress going around the school from work, school and extracurriculars. Striby and Fisher decided to incorporate the idea to the char- acteristics of St. John XXIII.

“We gured since St. John XXIII is a role model everybody follows, doing the stress exercises based on him [would] help inspire students for the better,” Fisher said.

ere were many di erent stress exercises throughout the six week period like drawing scribbles on paper, breathing and meditation, or screaming and dancing in the hallways.

“My favorites ones were the ones that involved gratitude. For the students, it was the music and drawing exercises” Striby said.

e plan is to take at least two minutes o each period sometime in the future to make room for the stress and meditation exercises.

“I think life is about [managing] stress,” Striby said. “ e program was more about ways to give strategies to teachers to help students deal with their stress.”

Depending on whether or not people think the inspiring change program has made an impact, it will still move forward. It le its mark on the school environment and let all Reb- els know that stress is present but can be managed.

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