Last night over 200 of our parents attended The Resilience Project - Parent Information Evening at school. Hugh Van Cuylenburg (founder of The Resilience Project) presented an inspiring talk on the importance of ensuring the mental health of our children. He presented some hard-hitting statistics including:
· 1 in 5 adults will experience mental health problems throughout a year
· 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
· 1 in 3 adolescent girls and 1 in 5 adolescent boys suffer from an anxiety disorder
· 65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness
· 1 in 7 primary school children have a mental illness
However, Hugh’s presentation included many interesting stories about his experiences teaching overseas in Northern India, which taught him a lot about mental health in children. He was particularly struck by how happy these children were, despite living in very deprived conditions. These children demonstrated extreme gratitude for what they did have.
The importance of Gratitude, Mindfulness and Empathy to mental health were the key messages in Hugh’s talk - and he outlined how these could be fostered at home and at school.
Hugh’s presentation was filmed, so we will be looking at options to make his presentation available for interested parents who were unable to attend.
The Parent Information Evening follows on from our student sessions delivered by Hugh and Martin last week and our whole staff professional development at the end of last term. The Resilience Project Curriculum Program is now being taught in all classes (Prep - 6) throughout the school. Gratitude, Mindfulness and Empathy, as well as Emotional Literacy are the key components of the curriculum program. Our web site will be updated soon with a full explanation about the forthcoming student programs P – Year 6.
Also see full video ( home page - left side)