Two all-female phys-ed classes at Paul Kane High School are participating in the Shoppers Love. You. Run for It program. The Run for It program focuses on mental health and is taking place at high schools across Canada.
“I didn’t know about mental health awareness. Before I would just tell my friends not to worry and that everything will be okay if they talked to me. Now I realize that I need to listen and offer help when someone raises an issue to me.”
Ella Stanley, another student of Lori’s, shared that she
believes a lot of girls don’t have enough self-confidence, and that it is
important to spread the word around the school that physical activity and
conversation are a great thing to give them a much needed mental health boost.
Another student in the class, Kaitlyn Kluttig, didn’t know anything about mental health and that issues are very common prior to joining Lori’s class.
“Like OJ said, one in three suffer with some type of mental health issue. I am learning from this program that this is common, which makes you more willing to talk about mental health challenges you might have.”
Lori’s passion for both physical activity and the mental wellness of the young
girls, the program has taken off. The students are looking forward to
continuing their in-class training for the 5 km run on May 27, 2017 – the
Shoppers Love. You. Run for Women.