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Published on August 18th, 2014 | by St Peter's College

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Going beyondblue

This past week saw St Peter’s College hold its beyondblue week, an awareness-raising initiative designed to recognise the importance of men’s mental health and provide information about what to do should you have concerns about yourself or others.

The week was kicked off with a speech at last week’s muster, indicating several astounding facts such as:

–       Suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged 15-24 years old, even more than car crashes

–       One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition

Issues like depression and anxiety affect more people around us than we know. Therefore, to help spread awareness of the importance of speaking up as well as signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, a casual clothes day was held on the Friday where boys were encouraged to wear blue in order to ‘Paint the school blue’.

This was accompanied by a barbecue put on for boys, where sausages and drinks were sold for $1 each. Our focus for the barbecue was not the profit, but rather the sense of community gathered around the Da Costa Dining Hall and the opportunity to enlighten others on the topic of mental health

As for the weekend, the public sector of Saints’ beyondblue week was showcased. Every Senior School boy playing in a round of sport last weekend wore a blue armband to show their support for beyondblue. This acted twofold, as it also allowed us as a school to spread our awareness-raising aim to opposing schools.

After all funds were counted, the School raised a gross amount of just over $3000. For a week that was awareness-based, we are so pleased to have the school collectively donate such a large sum to such a worthy cause.

This week would not have been possible without the work and assistance of our wonderful staff including, Mr McShane, Ms Alford Mr Wyman, Mrs Dickinson, Dr White and Mr McKinney, as well as all teachers in charge of sports. We would like to thank everyone that participated, and we hope that you have learned something about men’s mental health.


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