Keith Area School 'Geared for Life' week

GEARING UP: Keith Area School students Ethan Wood and Tahlia Salt with well-being coordinator Sally Lush.
GEARING UP: Keith Area School students Ethan Wood and Tahlia Salt with well-being coordinator Sally Lush.

Keith Area School is gearing up for a week of fun activities and events in the name of good mental well-being.

With one in two Australians experiencing a mental illness in any year, no one can avoid the impact that these illnesses cause on family and friends.

After many months of planning, Keith Area School is ready to get kids, families and the wider community thinking about their mental well-being.

As part of their Wellbeing Week ‘Geared for Life’, the school is set to run their first ever Wellbeing Expo showcasing many of the people and health services that support Keith.

KAS Wellbeing Coordinator Sally Lush is the driving force behind this initiative. “We don’t want to wait until a young person is in a crisis before providing practical support, tools and tips for recovery,” said Mrs Lush.

“This is our ongoing commitment to mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention for every child and young person in Keith.”

‘Geared for Life’ is a unique week of themes, key messages and special days at school planned for staff and students between September 18-22. 

The week begins on Monday September 18 with “Good mental health begins with me’ day where the key messages will be about developing good mental health habits.

One of the key attractions of the week is ‘Helping the people in your family’ keynote speakers night held on Wednesday September 20.

This event is open to parents and community members who want to learn different ways in which they can help a loved one in need.

Six guest speakers will present on the night covering a range of topics including: understanding the autism spectrum, anxiety, relaxation, raising boys, parent self care and having difficult conversations about self injury and suicide with our kids.

Another important day during the week will be on the Thursday where a community and family expo will be run throughout the day. The expo offers both students and community members the chance to meet the faces behind the local health and well-being services.

Sixteen service providers will be present at the expo day. Students will visit the expo throughout the day, while parents and community members are welcome to visit between 9:30am and 4pm.

‘Geared for Life’ is about families, educators and health services working together. It promotes and highlights the significant role parents play in knowing when to be concerned and how to get professional help.

For any enquiries about the week, contact Sally Lush at Keith Area School.