On Friday, 17 February students and teachers got their school community glowing Orange for mental health awareness as part of Cycle Against Suicide’s first annual #SchoolGoOrange day. It aims to drive mental health awareness and promote help-seeking behaviour in second level schools across all 32 counties. It hopes to spread the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’.
The halls and classrooms of the college were brightened for all students and staff with the positive energy and orange colour and paint provided by the school wellbeing student team led by Ms Patricia Kennedy and Ms Karen Parker. Going Orange is part of a national initiative that attracts people who care passionately about creating awareness of suicide and mental health issues on the Island of Ireland. Click here for photos
The school community are trying to work together to remove the stigma attached to mental health. Weeks like Friendship week, Power of Positive Thinking week, Orange Day, Mental Health Awareness Day are all helping to normalise Mental Health. Be it a teacher, colleague, family member or friend, everyone needs someone to turn too.