Mackillop goes green

ST Mary MacKillop College was a sea of green and positive vibes when students were visited by Swan Hill headspace employees on September 15.

Swan Hill College students and headspace staff celebrated Green Day. Pictures: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Swan Hill College students and headspace staff celebrated Green Day. Pictures: PAMELA BLACKMAN

Three Year 12 students took incredible initiative and organised the special "green day" to highlight the importance of mental health care for young people in the community.

Cassie Carroll, Kennedy Toms and Paula Gardner planned a day filled with fun activities and information around mental health as part of a VCAL class project.

Swan Hill headspace manager Ian Johansen said he was very impressed with the students' initiative.

"The girls approached us a while ago because they wanted to raise awareness among their peers and the school community about how to live a healthy life," Mr Johansen said.

"I was very impressed by their leadership and resourcefulness; I can't speak highly enough of them."

Headspace mental health workers worked closely with the students to plan the day which included games such as Jenga and free lunchtime barbecue.

Students were encouraged to wear something green in support of headspace's signature colour.

"We also invited other schools to wear a splash of green on the day," he said.

"It was a way to present a united front."

Mr Johansen wanted to encourage other students to get involved in spreading headspace's message of positive mental health among young people.

"Young people will always be the greatest advocates for their peers," he said

"Any endeavours we can undertake with young people — to promote our services and let them know that we are here to help — is fantastic."

Swan Hill headspace is located at 70 Nyah Road. You can contact them on 4010 7100.

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