Middle School students embrace lessons learned in Mental Health Awareness Month

Middle School students embrace lessons learned in Mental Health Awareness Month

Coping with stress could be as hard as a rock.

So, Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School students took to painting a rock in order to crack stress.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District has recognized this crucial time period with various means and events.

“Mental Health Awareness Month helps students understand the importance of taking care of their bodies and their minds,” said Lisa Lattarulo, who is the Supervisor of Counseling and Wellness for K-8 in the school district.

The Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School has addressed the month with a full plate of daily events.

One of these sessions is rock painting, which students participated in during lunch period in the room of  Middle School Art Teacher, Kate Ambrose.

Allyssa DiGirolamo, who is a Middle School Assistant Counselor, has been coordinating the activities during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Those activities included dog therapy visits gratitude grams sales, friendship bracelet making, and canvas painting. And, of course, rock painting.

“Rock painting is a creative outlet and great stress relief for kids,’ Ms. DiGirolamo revealed.

She explained the mission for the busy schedule.

The idea of the month is to collaborate and expose kids to mental activities to boost mental health,” Ms. DiGirolamo said. “And for the students to take these strategies and use them as coping skills.”

Once the month is concluded, Ms. DiGirolamo and Ms. Ambrose reported that the rocks—an expected total of 30—will be placed in the lunchroom court at the school.