Mental Health Awareness Week

In November, McAuley held its third annual Mental Health Awareness Week. The Counseling Department facilitates this very important week each year to raise awareness and increase our students’ understanding of the importance of mental health.  Tis’ the season to be thankful, hence the theme for this week was GRATITUDE.  Each morning announcement outlined the specific focus for the day, as well as the supporting activities. 

We encouraged not only students, but the adults in the building as well, to show gratitude for themselves.  This can be challenging, as we are so often very hard on ourselves.  The challenge was for them to stop for a minute and answer this: "What are you grateful to yourself for? " Practicing self-gratitude is about being grateful for yourself, what you have, and the life around you.  If we can make self-gratitude a daily habit, we can shift your thinking to become more positive.  Here are a few ways in which we can practice self-gratitude: buy yourself flowers, meditate, live in the present, get a pedicure, pause before a meal to be thankful for it, create gratitude artwork or journal, and/or exercise.  

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough and more.” (Melody Beattie)