April 7, 2014 - Today, the TBDHU’s healthy schools team along with local elementary students, from the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Lakehead Public School Board, in Grade 5-8 celebrated World Health Day with a photo voice display at St. Bernard School. Students were asked to take a photo that represented acceptance, inclusion, friendship, diversity and respect to them. Each student’s photo told a story and awards for the best photos were presented.
Hockey player Haley Irwin spoke to the youth about her journey to winning two Olympic gold medals and how resiliency and the support of others have enabled her to obtain her goals.
World Health Day is celebrated every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. This year’s theme was resilience and positive mental health for youth. By promoting resiliency and positive mental health, students have proven to be able to cope better with day-to-day struggles and achieve an improved quality of life.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, copes with the stresses of life, works productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.