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From: Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:51 AM -0400
Subject:Get Loud for Mental Health
Mental Health Week takes place from May 1 – 7, 2017.  It is only fitting that this important occasion coincides with Education Week as Bluewater District School Board schools celebrate the many examples of excellence that are fostered in safe and caring learning environments.  It is also a time to reflect on the many invaluable contributions that support student well-being by compassionate and dedicated staff, students, trustees, parents, volunteers, community partners, and other stakeholders.    

Well-being is reflected in the following Bluewater District School Board strategic priority:

Image of graphic for 66th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week; mentalhealthweek.caEnsure the well-being of students and staff in a safe supportive environment for teaching, learning and working
  • Provide a safe and supportive work environment that values and recognizes the personal strengths, professional contributions, and personal well-being of staff
  • Create conditions where students, staff, and parents/caregivers are comfortable and confident in seeking help and responding to student mental health and emotional well-being
There are a number of strategies implemented in Bluewater that address this priority.  For example, safe spaces such as The Lounge at Owen Sound District Secondary School provide students with a place to unwind and access important resources or even speak with caring staff and/or representatives from mental health related community organizations visiting the school.

Mental Health Week is an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, which encourages “people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.” – CMHA Grey Bruce website

Image of #GETLOUD graphic by CMHAPlease visit for more information.  A list of local activities that are occurring during Mental Health Week can also be found by visiting  Members of the public are also invited to use the hashtag #GETLOUD on their social media platforms to speak up for mental health.       

Here are a number of other online links to community partners that provide mental health resources:

Image of Bluewater staff in The Lounge at OSDSS