Promoting mental health and wellbeing plays a core role in the education of students at Mercy Regional College allowing them to flourish in their educational journey. A positive wellbeing is linked to academic achievement, enhanced mental health and responsible life choices.
Our wellbeing program focuses on a combination of a person’s emotional, mental, social and physical health. It is based on the concepts of resilience, gratitude and respect, with a goal to develop resilient, positive and mindful young people who are equipped to face challenges in life and aspire to be the very best person they can be.
Mercy Regional College provides a structure and resources where teachers and other professionals are responsible for the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of individual students and where strong relationships are established between teachers and students and their families.
(Mindfulness, Empathy, Resilience, Care, You)
MERCY is a dedicated pastoral care program that includes lessons from the Resilience Project, Positive Education Institute and Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships program. MERCY lessons MERCY lessons are held in Homeroom groups and are centered around resilience, empathy, mental health, respectful relationships and emotional literacy.
Annual Wellbeing Activities
Throughout the school year students at Mercy Regional College are actively involved in various initiatives promoting the importance of wellbeing.
- Bullying No Way Day includes various activities to raise awareness about respectful relationships and by-stander intervention of bullying.
- R U OK? Day focuses on the understanding and importance of maintaining our mental health and seeking help if needed.
- eSafety and Safer Internet Day – on this day students from Years 7-10 have presentations from Legal Aid Victoria and Victoria Police in Schools program which outline online safety, laws and respectful behaviour.
- Driver Education – Year 10 students have a Road Smart presentation by VicRoads and Year 11 students participate in the Fit To Drive program.
- Teen Mental Health First Aid – a course for Year 11 students where teenagers develop the skills they need to recognise and help with mental health problems in their friends, and to get the help of an adult quickly.