Students at Grafton High School prepare to take part in the mental health awareness program.
Students at Grafton High School prepare to take part in the mental health awareness program.

High state of mind

By EMMA CORNFORD

AS the bell for lunch sounded at Grafton High School on Friday, groups of students picked up chalk and took to the quadrangle.

It was all in the name of raising awareness about mental health as they took part in a chalk art competition.

The students competed by themselves and in groups, some using pictures and others using phrases, to illustrate issues surrounding mental health.

Year 10 students Matt Bloomer, Dean Taylor and Zara Wood, who ended up covered in chalk after spending 20 minutes drawing on the concrete, chose the phrase Don't worry, be happy as their entry.

"We used it because mental health is to do with depression so (don't worry, be happy) symbolises not being depressed and the whole idea is to stop being depressed," Zara said.

Dean said his group had chosen its theme on the 'spur of the moment'.

"We're not artists ? it's just been really fun," he said.

Organiser and school counsellor Terri Joy said the students had shown enthusiasm for the competition, with around 16 groups entering.

"They each had a box, about one by one and a half metres big, to draw in," she said.

"It's hectic but they're having a lot of fun."

Year 9 and 10 students were also involved in a skit by Maclean High students on the day, which was based around the topic of mental health.

A group of 30 Maclean Student Representative Council members travelled to Grafton High to perform a Mental health awareness program, Beyond Doubt.

The skit, which included a question and answer session at the end, had already been shown to Maclean High students. The Grafton High Student Representative Council invited Maclean High to perform in Grafton. Around 120 Grafton High students saw the play.



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