Family Newsletter March 5, 2021
Dear StepUP Families,
What a marvellous week we have had! It has been so incredible to see all of our students back on campus and working hard in class. I hope you enjoy our updates and pictures below in the newsletter.
Please let us know if you need anything, or if you have any questions.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND HAPPENINGS
NEWS FROM OUR CLASSROOMS
Our Transition students learned how to complete a vehicle inspection for Driver's Ed class.
Our 4-7 students learned how to make spaghetti and meatballs!
On Friday we are excited (and some of the teachers are a little scared) of the amazing Jeopardy game we have planned. It's students vs teachers. Our middle school students worked together to create their own categories and questions to stump their teachers. We can't wait!
7UP students created a staff vs students Jeopardy game!
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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Want to start a conversation with someone about their mental health but don't know where to start? You're not alone, and there are things you can do to feel more confident talking to others about their mental health.
Tip 1. Be receptive
Take the lead, show initiative and ask: "Are you OK?". Put the invitation out there: "I've got time to talk".
Tip 2. Use ice breakers to initiate a conversation
Use open-ended questions such as "So tell me about...?", which require more than a "yes" or "no" answer. You may also like to say something like the following to start a conversation: "You know, I've noticed that you've seemed really down/worried/stressed. Is there anyone you've been able to talk to about it?".
Tip 3. Practice your listening skills
Listen to what a person is saying. Be open-minded and non-judgmental. Sometimes when someone wants to talk they're not always seeking advice, but they just need to talk about what is happening with them.
Tip 4. Be encouraging
Encourage physical health: maintaining regular exercise, a nutritious diet and getting regular sleep helps to cope in tough times. Encourage the person to seek professional help: from their family doctor, a support service or counsellor, or a mental health worker. Encourage self-care: sometimes people need to be encouraged to do more to look after their own needs during a difficult time.
Tip 5. Be helpful
It is unhelpful to:
Pressure them to "snap out of it", "get their act together" or "cheer up"
Stay away or avoid them
Tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more
Suggest alcohol or drugs
Assume the problem will just go away
It's more helpful to:
Listen to their concerns
Acknowledge how they are feeling
Let them know you care about their wellbeing
Help them identify next steps for further support