Bell Let's Talk Day in the Middle School

Courtney Taylor, Middle School Guidance Counsellor & Learning Strategist
This morning, the Middle School gathered for their usual Thursday morning assembly, this week with an emphasis placed on mental health.  The messaging focused on the importance of talking openly about our mental health and that it is OKAY to talk to someone we trust if we, or someone we love, may be struggling.  

As a society we talk openly about our physical health - if we catch a cold or break a bone. The conversation should be just as natural for us to talk about our mental health and how to go about receiving treatment and support for it. However, mental health isn’t as obvious and is often concealed, yet equally as important.  
During the assembly, Middle School faculty shared how they take care of their mental health.  Take a look at our Top 10 - there may be an idea worth trying:
  1. Write in a gratitude journal.
  2. Non-negotiable movement during the day (ideally outside!).
  3. Allowing additional time in the mornings for a slower morning and not feeling rushed.
  4. Hugs.
  5. Regular phone calls with friends.
  6. Turning the music loud and dancing for at least 30 seconds.
  7. Family time watching fun and light TV shows at the end of the day.
  8. Being creative through music, art, or scrapbooking.
  9. Finding areas of our life we can control like the amount of sleep we get, how much screen time we have, and who we spend our time with.
  10. Service. No matter your skills or your interests everyone can help others and you can start today.
Although we bring attention to mental health awareness on this day, your teachers are always here to help you, support you, guide you, listen, and talk. Not just on #BellLetsTalkDay, but every day. 
Courtney Taylor
Middle School Guidance Counsellor & Learning Strategist

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.