Grey Matters is a specially crafted programme exploring the issue of stress and how it affects students’ mental health. From the pressures of school, family and friends, students face an ever-increasing amount of stress. Tackling perceptions that ‘young people do not go through stress’ and misconceptions that ‘people who go for counseling are crazy’, ‘Grey Matters’ aims to better prepare and equip students with the ability to cope through periods of increased stress.
‘Grey Matters’ traces the journey of Damien facing the stresses of adjusting to major changes in his life, such as preparing for a national exam, fulfilling his role as a CCA leader and living up to the expectations of his family, friends and teachers. Damien neglects to take proper care of his mental health, and when it all becomes too much, he opens a mental first aid kit that he found under his table.
While we are familiar with physical illness and injuries, we often forget that our mental health needs to be taken care of as well. ‘Grey Matters’ hopes to not only provide coping strategies for periods of intense stress, but also as we go about our daily lives. After all, at the end of the day, our grey matter matters.