Jane Armstrong Speaks to Students on Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Jane Armstrong, a 1993 graduate of Santa Maria College, came to talk to the Year 10 girls today about mental health.

Since leaving the College, Jane has forged a successful career in nursing and has a strong commitment to philanthropy.

Currently working at Royal Perth Hospital as a clinical nurse specialist and senior mental health practitioner, her passion for mental health and wellbeing assists her success as a life coach. Jane is also the Director of the organisation ‘Homelessness We Care’ in Perth, an organisation that feeds the homeless in the city, as well as providing counselling, clothing, blankets and anything else that’s needed.

Jane talked about three key strategies.

Firstly, Jane emphasised that it’s okay to not be okay. This was the main point throughout the presentation. The girls were encouraged to encourage discussion and open up lines of communication about emotional wellbeing.

Secondly, Jane spoke about the importance of genuinely asking people if they are okay, she mentioned that people who need the most help, are often the best at hiding it.

Finally, Jane told students that mental health issues/diagnosis’, aren’t always extreme cases. Symptoms don’t have to be justified and can occur to absolutely anyone, no matter how good their life may seem from the outside.

Year 10 student, Emily Cleaver, found the presentation “very interesting and informative and discovered multiple strategies to help me assist both me and my friends fight problems we may face. We were informed of why people may face mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression, how these illnesses are caused in relation to our brains and ways that can reduce the effects of the illnesses on our lives. The presentation was incredibly insightful and I know that it will help many girls improve their own and their friends’ mental health.”

“We were taught valuable lessons of how important it is to maintain our mental health, and the ways we can do this.  With upcoming exams and other stress we may face as we progress through school and life, I found it very helpful to hear Jane speak about the importance of taking time to meditate and talk to the people in our lives about how we are feeling.  We all learnt some valuable information during the talk, whether it be about mental wellbeing, the importance of talking to people about how you are feeling or learning about the different ways of de-stressing and having some self-care.  I really enjoyed the talk and thought Jane’s presentation was valuable to us all. “ Year 10 student Jasmine Chow said.

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