School captain steps up to promote mental health

GOOD CAUSES: Tahlia Gatto, Louise Raleigh and Rebecca Pursey (front) Tori Craw-Reid and Aleisha Logue promote worthy causes. Picture: Jennette Lees

GOOD CAUSES: Tahlia Gatto, Louise Raleigh and Rebecca Pursey (front) Tori Craw-Reid and Aleisha Logue promote worthy causes. Picture: Jennette Lees

Cootamundra High School captain Tahlia Gatto was behind a whole school initiative on Thursday, September 14 raising awareness for R U OK? and the Heart on My Sleeve movement. 

An assembly was organised with guest speakers from mental health organisations, as well as the school psychologist. 

Students wore either white to represent the Heart on My Sleeve movement or yellow for R U OK? Day. 

Coins were donated creating a heart and #RUOK in the playground. 

Miss Gatto was pleased by the response of her student peers to the day. 

“At the start of the years, the SRC (Student Representative Council) got together and decided we wanted to do something for R U OK? Day,” Miss Gatto said. 

The natural progression to a fundraiser was to organise a information session for students providing vital information on mental health. 

R U OK? asks people to follow four simple steps 1: Ask R U OK? 2: Listen 3: Encourage action 4: Check in. 

The Heart on My Sleeve movement urges anyone who has a mental health story to draw or tattoo a heart on their forearm, then take a picture and upload it to Facebook, Instagram (@heartonmysleevemovement) or Twitter (@HOMS_movement) with the hashtag #heartonmysleeve.