Pear Tree School is paving the way for mental health education by introducing the Crisis Centre’s Self-Care for Mental Health Workshop to its students. The school recognizes the importance of emotional well-being and has blended education with self-expression to create a unique learning experience.
“We’re committed to continuing check-ins and open dialogues with our students about mental health,”Jordyn Garinger, Pear Tree School
The school’s innovative teaching philosophy combines various subjects into thematic modules that relate to real-world issues. In a recent theme, “Local Crisis,” students explored mental health topics, leading to reflections on personal experiences and broader societal challenges in Vancouver, BC.
The students expressed a desire to learn more about mental health, and the school invited various speakers, including volunteers from the Crisis Centre’s Self-Care for Mental Health Workshop, to engage with them. This project highlighted supportive organizations within Vancouver’s community and reinforced that students are not alone in their struggles or their learning journey.
Through the workshop, students learned about mental health, self-care, and the importance of boundaries and limits. They developed personalized self-care plans with comprehensive support resource lists. The workshop tackled complex topics such as suicide, self-care, and how to support peers dealing with mental health issues.
As a creative extension of this learning journey, the students created ceramic sculptures based on their chosen mental health topics. These sculptures were displayed at a local art gallery called Visual Space. The exhibition enabled students to convey complex meanings through their art and generated meaningful discussions on mental health.
“We’re committed to continuing check-ins and open dialogues with our students about mental health,” said Jordyn Garinger, Pear Tree School’s Grade 5/6 Teacher. “It’s like learning a new language; we all need to understand the terms and have tangible actions we can take to help ourselves and others.”
Join us in celebrating these young voices and their inspiring commitment to mental health awareness. Let’s spread awareness together! #PearTreeSchool #MentalHealthAwareness #YouAreNotAlone