Long Street Primary School held a launch day for a new initiative called Kids Matter this week, which has been hailed a a ‘massive success’ by teacher Jodie Turpin.
The program is focused on improving the mental health of students, and the services available for families and students to access at school.
“The launch had a focus on all areas of mental health and wellbeing, if we are not physically fit and healthy then our mental health suffers and if we’re not mentally healthy then our physical health suffers,” Ms Turpin said.
“By incorporating everything into one day of lots of fun and activities for the kids, we hope that we can show them that being healthy from top to toe is the best way to be.”
“The day was a massive success, everyone participated enthusiastically and learnt a lot about healthy lifestyles.”
A number of community services were involved in the day, including Centacare, Housing SA, OPAL, the Whyalla City Council, Dusty Feet Mob, Snap Fitness, Whyalla Police and Firefighters, the Whyalla Public Library, D’Faces of Youth, and many more.
“The program is designed for primary school, and it moves onto mind matters in secondary school, we look at what kids can do to keep themselves healthy,” Ms Turpin said.
“Since I started teaching 15 years ago we didn’t really do a lot on mental health back then, it was all focused on your sexual and physical health – now we’re starting to focus on mental health.”
“The students, parents and staff would like to thank everyone who helped make our day successful.”