Around 1500 Year 9 and 10 students from around NSW came to Sydney Olympic Park to take part in the NSW Department of Education’s Guinness World Record-breaking largest mental health awareness lesson. The students were joined by more than 9000 others online through a livestream.
Kristen Douglas, headspace national manager, and Kim Harper, a PDHPE teacher from Sydney Secondary College, ran the lesson, which included clips from celebrities and politicians, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison. WayAhead joined several other organisations there on the day.
WayAhead joined in the festivities with a stall that students and teachers could visit after the lesson. Students could cast votes on which “Stress Less Tips” they liked best and “Laugh Each Day” was a clear winner. The selfie frames, carrying Mental Health Month 2018’s “Share A…” messages, were also a big hit, with many students gathering with groups of friends to take photos.