Talk About It Tuesday: Mental Health is Health

Saturday was World Mental Health Day. Today, I stamped our community meeting with the name “Talk About It Tuesday” and declared health as our topic of the morning.

What my students don’t know is that my family history is filled with mental health conditions — depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, mood disorders. This is a topic that I am deeply passionate about because of how it has impacted my life.

What my students do know is that being healthy includes exercise, personal hygiene, and eating a certain way.

What my students came to know is that health extends beyond just our physical being. We have to be kind to our minds and hearts, too.

“We’re going to watch a video, and I want you to think about how it’s connected to being a healthy person.”

Our Google Meet chat box filled with the words “kindness” and “positive mindset.” We added positive self-talk to our chart and continued thinking about what else we can do to foster a healthy mind.

“It’s a guarantee that you’ll encounter a challenge today. As you are learning, today and everyday, remember to find your quiet space. Practice calm breathing when the learning gets hard, and take a movement break when you need it. Take care of yourselves. Happy Tuesday!”

This message transfers well beyond learning at home. This message is for an audience larger than the young people in front of us. It is a message for everyone every single day. Let’s keep this conversation going. Mental health is health. Be kind to your mind!

Published by Melissa Quimby

Melissa is a 4th grade teacher in Natick, Massachusetts. She can often be found with an iced coffee and middle grade novel in hand! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram - @QUIMBYnotRamona.

One thought on “Talk About It Tuesday: Mental Health is Health

  1. I read this earlier this week, but didn’t leave a comment. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I appreciate the way you shared your personal story, quiet and real, and then showed how it influenced your instructional choices in the classroom. Your students are lucky to have you as a teacher; I am lucky our paths have crossed.
    Shine on,

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