Lavisha Parmar

Jewel Theatre raises mental health awareness

The Jewel Theatre hosted a free matinee screening of “Inside Out” for Stettler Elementary School students on Friday, May 5.

The Jewel Theatre hosted a free matinee screening of “Inside Out” for Stettler Elementary School (SES) students on Friday, May 5.

The event was put on in partnership with Children and Adolescents being Resilient and Self-Regulating (CARS) as part of the Mental Health Week, a national initiative that ran from May 1 to 7.

The free screening took place on a PD day at the schools, which meant that plenty of students were able to attend. Although “Inside Out” is presented as an animated children’s film, it raises some important questions about mental health. The leading characters in this film are the emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust that demonstrate the struggles within a young girl’s brain. Throughout the film, these emotions vie for attention in the brain of 11-year old Riley.

The film has been praised by psychologists for presenting important emotional truths in a way that is relatable to both adults and children.

Representatives from the Stettler Regional Early Child Development (ECD) Committee and the Stettler Public Library were also invited to take part in the event.

Jewel Theatre Manager Rose Chapman noted that this event was meant to be educational as well as entertaining.

“CARS wanted to come and bring their information to share with people, but also make it a fun day for the kids,” she said.

Before the screening, children could be found enjoying the sunshine outside the theatre with sidewalk chalk drawing pictures or writing messages about mental health.

Library Program Director Elaine Hoekstra brought the library’s photo booth with her so kids could have their pictures taken, and also provided glitter tattoos for anyone who wanted one.

Representatives from the Stettler Regional ECD Committee were also available to provide information to parents about the committee’s resources, which include their toy lending library and a number of online child development resources.


Just Posted

Stettler dancers land amazing experiences in the ‘Big Apple’

Hailie Ripley and Elisa Collard will soon be jetting off to New York City

Calgary’s Erin Ross featured at Entertainment in the Park July 24th

Ross has performed several times in past years at the popular event

Ponoka RCMP investigate motorcycle crash resulting in fatality

On July 13th, the man succumbed to his injuries while in the hospital

Castor resident meets award-winning namesake

Luella Kowalsky, who is a resident of Castor’s Paintearth Lodge, met ‘Miss Luella’ recently

Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Experts say he will likely wind up at the federal government’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado

Natural gas producers demand government action in open letter to Kenney

The letter warns that the viability of the natural gas sector is in jeopardy

Remains of missing Edmonton woman discovered outside of North Battleford: RCMP

The 25-year-old Edmonton woman was reported missing on May 12

Companies to appear before panel today in public inquiry into B.C. gas prices

A three-member panel by B.C. Utilities Commission will listen to up to four days of oral hearings

Interviews with family of highway shooting victim heard in Calgary court

Horst Stewin’s relatives were set to testify by video from Germany this morning, but a court translator said she was unable to proceed

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

Special memorial service to say goodbye to murdered Kelowna teen

A memorial service and celebratio of life was held Tuesday for murdered teen Elijah-Iain Beauregard

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Most Read