About 800 Model Farms High School students spelled out the phrase ‘ RUOK? on the school oval yesterday to show a commitment to the wellbeing of their peers.
For the student representative council who organised the event, there was no question when it came to supporting the RUOK? Day mental health initiative.
You can view images from the Hills Council R U OK? Day breakfast here.
School captains Hannah Candelario and Sam Donohoo said it was important that teenagers have supportive people around them.
‘‘It’s very relevant to teenagers,’’ Miss Candelario said.
‘‘It’s surprisingly common to have mental health problems like depression and anxiety.
‘‘It really affects how you are at school and how you interact with people.’’
Mr Donohoo said a representative of the RUOK? Day initiative spoke to the student representative council at their leadership forum earlier in the year.
‘‘As soon as we found out about it it was pretty easy to get behind it,’’ he said.
‘‘This is a cause that doesn’t get a lot of attention in schools and I think a lot of teens find it hard to say to their friends ‘I’m not okay, and I need help.’’’
Principal Tina Bennet said as depression and anxiety were not visible illnesses they were sometimes brushed aside.
‘‘I think young people have got so many more stresses in their lives than when we were younger,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s important we accept their wellbeing is the responsibility of all of us.’’