Dundas Valley Pause Shuffle Play

Posted on Friday, June 30, 2017

When: National Mental Health Awareness Week May 1-5, 2017

Target Age/Grades: Grades 9-12


  1. Spread message of 5 Ways to Mental well being.
  2. Provide stress-relief.
  3. Provide an engaging activity to promote inclusion and connectedness.

Students led activities during our Pause, Shuffle, Play event.  The event took place one day, each period.  Students signed up using Google forms and could sign up for two activities.  Our teacher-librarian helped with this process.

This week was to promote the 5 Ways to Mental Well-Being, as promoted by Public Health:  take notice, be active, connect, keep learning, and give back.  Students led fun activities for their peers to help raise awareness about how to take care of ourselves.  They had a craft session where they “gave back” by creating items for the local elementary school.   The “connect” activity was a group art work with a mental health theme.

They organized a “take notice” scavenger hunt where teams went around the school finding messages.  For “Be Active” they had a low-organized games session.  Students were given pens that clicked with the 5 messages, and a bookmark with the 5 messages on it.  Public Health paid for these items and our Public Health Nurse helped to organize activities and the messages.


Students appeared to have fun and the messages were well-received.  It was a nice break for students from classes, and the theme of taking care of our mental health was promoted through posters and buzz about the activities.

For more information contact:

Lawson – jlewisla@hwdsb.on.ca