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  • Northside East

Northside school receives top mental health award

Thursday, 28th September, 2017 7:59am
Northside school receives  top mental health award

Students at St Mary’s Holy Faith, Emily Lawlor and Niamh Bowe with Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Kayleigh Cullinan (Celebrity Operation Transformation).

Northside school receives  top mental health award

Students at St Mary’s Holy Faith, Emily Lawlor and Niamh Bowe with Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Kayleigh Cullinan (Celebrity Operation Transformation).

A NORTHSIDE school has been rewarded for its exceptional commitment in promoting positive mental health. 

St Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Killester, was awarded the prestigious status of Ambassador School by Cycle Against Suicide in recognition of their fulfilment of the ‘Five Gears’ programme.

The programme is school-led and involves the completion of ‘Five Gears’ over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’.

The programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan, and rewards schools that go the extra mile. It also aims to recognise innovative and effective initiatives, and facilitates schools to share and showcase good practice.

Evelyn McLoughlin, Principal of St Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School, and students Emily Lawlor and Niamh Bowe, represented the school at the Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School Awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

Speaking about the achievement, Ms McLoughlin said: “The Ambassador School Awards Ceremony was a great day. It’s wonderful to attend such a positive event, and have the efforts of the students recognised. 

“Our participation in the Ambassador School Programme has had an enormously positive impact on our school community, fostered a school-wide approach to the promotion of positive mental health, and provided incredible opportunities for student leadership.”

The awards recognised the immense efforts of 89 schools around the island of Ireland who have completed the Ambassador School Programme, and became actively involved in mental health promotion.Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee presented the awards to students on what was a very positive and enjoyable day for all involved. 

More information on the Ambassador School Programme is available at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.

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