Mural a reminder for students

Mural a reminder for students

Artist Zoe Harmer Russo, head teacher of Visual Art Mrs Melanie Richards and artist Josi Svendsen.

Staff and students at Kelmscott Senior High School created a wall mural, which was started back in 2019 to promote good mental health.

According to School Psychologist at Kelmscott, Debbie Kilicoglu, staff have been working to better quip students with skills they require to be mentally healthy.

“It’s well recognised that mental health problems are common in young people,” she said.

“Staff and students are very committed to working towards reducing the stigma that still surrounds mental illness and acts as a barrier for young people seeking help.”   Ms Kilicoglu said student services staff, student councillors, teacher-in-charge of visual arts Melanie Richards and artists, Josi Svendsen and Zoe Harmer Russo, attended the unveiling ceremony.

The artwork is now on proud display on the external wall of the gym and has already received positive feedback from the school’s students and staff.

“We hope that the eye-catching mural will act as a daily reminder to our students and staff to monitor their own wellbeing, as well as, check in with their family, friends and colleagues who may be experiencing mental health difficulties,” Ms Kilicoglu said.