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Kalamunda SHS students Drew Mann and Darcy Jones (back) and Walliston PS students Jade Mainard, Chloe Pustkuchen, Aiden Gallager (front).

Dolphins make a splash for mental health

STUDENTS from Walliston Primary School and Kalamunda Senior High School came together this week to promote awareness of child mental health.

Both schools have finished painting dolphins to raise awareness and funds for the Perth Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit.

Walliston Primary School Principal Craig Mainard said the Big Splash WA project was an opportunity to unite the two schools for a worthy cause.

“The students are very understanding that the message is about mental health and that when you feel sad or upset about something, then it is important to talk to your family or close friends,” he said.

“In their words, ‘dolphins swim in a pod and they look after each other when they are in trouble’ and that’s a great message for our community.”

Kalamunda Senior High School psychologist Jennifer Edmonds said the school was able to introduce resources from the Big Splash into health classes and would hold a naming competition for the dolphin next year.

Vibrantly coloured dolphins painted by local artists will be display in Perth as part of the Big Splash WA campaign with 45 schools taking part in smaller projects.

The dolphins will be kept by the school as symbols of their ongoing commitment to mental health awareness and well-being.

By Claire Ottaviano

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