Illalong News

  • 4th October, 2018

You're invited - Nutbush Dance Off...

World Mental Health Day is acknowledged annually on October 10 to raise awareness about mental health and the importance of looking after ones physical and mental wellbeing.  In Queensland we recognise World Mental Health Day as part of Queensland Mental Health Week which is running this year from October 6 through to the October 14.  The aim of Queensland Mental Health Week is to improve community awareness and interest in mental health and wellbeing.  The 2018 theme is to value mental health with six easy steps (www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au).

Six easy steps:

These six steps tie in beautifully with our wellbeing strategy based on Seligman’s (2011) five elements of wellbeing which seek to enhance our:

  • Positive Emotions
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning and purpose in life
  • Sense of accomplishment

So, drum roll, this year we are acknowledging the importance of looking after one’s mental health and wellbeing by inviting all students, staff and parents to get ACTIVE and join us for a giant NUTBUSH Dance Off!!!  We want to make mental health a priority, reduce stigma and encourage help seeking and self-care.  We feel so strongly about starting a conversation about mental health that we have invited adjudicators from The Australian Book of Records to watch our Nutbush Dance Off in the hope of beating The Australian Book of Records, which is approximately 1750 people! 

Let’s get our A.B. Paterson College community ACTIVE, involved and talking about mental health. If you would like to participate in our Nutbush Dance Off and help in making our goal of at least 1750 people dancing the Nutbush at the one time, we would love to have you join us! We need approximately 300 parents and or grandparents to make our dream a reality.

The Nutbush Dance Off details include:

For more information on World Mental Health Day or Mental Health Week, please visit: www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au   

Watch this video on students practicing the Nutbush Dance https://www.facebook.com/abpatersoncollege/videos/320859468690829/

Toni Kirton
Director of Positive Education & Leadership

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