Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week

Good morning students of FHS, especially our Grade 12s:

This week is Mental Health Week and we just wanted to let you know that we are all thinking of you. These last few weeks have been quite different and often challenging as we cannot meet with family and friends. It is important, however, to try to continue with routines, purposeful activities, and socialization - safe distancing or virtual. Here are a few things that might be on your minds right now:

 Academics-- Keep working hard at completing courses and activities provided by your teachers. Contact them if there are any problems or questions. Stay connected with programs such as Work Experience and CTS (such as Industrial Arts, Outdoor Education, Foods, Home Economics). These will teach you valuable life skills and give you a change from your core courses.

 Graduation Ceremony-- This postponement is unfortunate but we are going to celebrate your success by hanging banners around town. Other activities may follow in the fall but we are bound by the recommendations of Alberta Health Services. Be proud of your accomplishments to date!

 Post-Secondary-- Some of you may have received conditional acceptance to your program of choice while others are still waiting to hear. Please check in with Mrs. Laue or Mrs. Wiebe for advice or to get more information.

 Employment-- Opportunities for work may expand once the weather improves and some restrictions get lifted by Alberta Health Services. If you are planning to find a job or are having trouble finding a job, polish up your resume and do some employment research.

 Mental Health – Stay in touch with friends and family and reach out to our YES workers. Visit the page Pam has created. Find things to do to take your mind off things – music, art, meditation, mindfulness, writing – to name just a few.

Your parents are there to help; so let them. Reach out to staff at FHS if you are struggling with mental health or feeling overwhelmed with the situation and work. Join in to classroom meets or Pam’s lunchtime meetings.

We all miss having you in the building and seeing your faces.

Stay safe, wash hands, and reach out for friendship and support.

For your information, there is a 24/7 Alberta Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303- 2642. "This toll-free helpline provides confidential and anonymous services, crisis intervention, information about mental health services and referrals to other agencies"