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Wolves United supports mental health at Espanola High School
Espanola High School has received a $1,900 grant from Wolves United to support student mental health. A partnership between Sudbury Wolves Sports and Entertainment and United Way Centraide North East Ontario, Wolves United funds youth-based mental health initiatives within the Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin districts.
On Friday, January 11, 2019 school representatives attended the funding announcement during the Sudbury Wolves hockey game.
Funding will allow the school’s mental health collaborative inquiry team to host two “Mental Health and Well-Being Afternoons” for the entire school population of approximately 470 students. Students will explore healthy coping strategies for anxiety and stress, and ways to recognize and understand mental health conditions in others.
“We want to highlight supports available to students within the school and community,” says Espanola High School Principal Kristina Rivard Gobbo. “Students will also walk away with tools and strategies to help cope with, and manage, their own mental health.”
Throughout the afternoon, students will take part in a variety of activities, including bowling, yoga, meditation, music, writing, swimming, hiking, photography, hockey, and many more.
“Hobbies and physical activities can reduce overall stress levels in the brain,” says Principal Kristina Rivard Gobbo. “Our hope is for students to find ways to maintain a clear mind both inside and outside of the classroom.”
She adds: “On behalf of staff and students, I would like to thank Wolves United for this generous contribution to the health and well-being of our students.”
Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217.