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Upper Campus Kicks Off Mental Health Week

Mental Health Awareness Week launched today on the Upper Campus. This important initiative aims to make space for students to focus on the importance of mental health.

This unique week of mindfulness kicked off in Advisory this morning as all Upper Campus students received mental health journals. These journals are a tool to help students get to know themselves and their emotions. It covers the feelings wheel, the six core emotions, and a graph of how thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health all contribute to our mental wellbeing. Journals are customizable, featuring daily templates with three prompts, a PEMS scale (Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual), and blank pages for free expression.
 
A mental health journal can be a powerful tool to help students reflect and process their feelings daily. At Sierra Canyon, we are committed to teaching the whole student—including the mind, body, and soul—and fostering a meaningful community that furthers both intellectual pursuits and a healthy and holistic process of personal development.
 
Today’s students have so much on their plates—everything from balancing academics with extracurriculars and personal lives in and out of the classroom. The goal of Mental Health Awareness Week is to emphasize that it’s never too early to focus on your mental health or the mental health of your loved ones. Below are some of the ways Upper Campus students can participate next week:
 
Monday – To kickstart the week, UC students are invited to visit the Juice Bar on the Plaza during Lunch 1 and 2 for a natural and healthy boost.
 
Tuesday – The Pre-Med Club will host a short presentation on Mental Health in Room 308 during Lab, led by Eugene Reicher ‘22. During Lunch 2, students can attend a mindful meditation with Ms. Sloan in the Blackbox Theater.
 
Wednesday – Students are invited to join Ms. Kibarska for yoga on the Upper School Plaza lawn during Lunch 1 and 2.
 
Thursday – From 12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m. during Lunch 2, students can attend a special panel discussion on the Upper School Plaza focusing on the importance of taking care of our mental health. Panelists include Frankie Moseley ’22, Angelo Pulido ’22, mental health specialist Courtney Knowles from the JED Foundation, and mental health brand Madhappy co-founders Peiman Raf and Mason Spector.
 
Finally, School will be closed on Friday for all Upper Campus students, as we encourage you to use the tools you acquire throughout the week and take the day to focus on your mental health.
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.