The College’s annual Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) with another rich and varied programme of events lined up to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. We have a series of visiting speakers including Jigsaw (The National Centre for Youth Mental Health), Courageous Kids, Tom Tate (on the transition from secondary school to university). We welcome back Humourfit Drama Group who will present a play on The Value of Life while there are a series of physical activities to compliment the mind through Poundfit, yoga, mindful breaking and an early morning walk. In SPHE classes, there will be a great focus on safe Internet use and the effects of social media on mental health (it’s also national Safe Internet Week in Ireland) while the Library will display a series of books related to positive mental attitude and mental health. There is also a table quiz for the whole school and a late-rising (to grab a couple of extra winks). Some activities are scheduled in the evening and Day Pupils are actively encouraged to take part. Parents can get involved too – the Parents’ Association has organised a hike up nearby Kilmashogue Mountain before the parent-teacher meeting on Friday morning.

We hope the entire school community will get behind these events; positive mental health amongst young people is such an important issue. For the full programme of events click here.

Below is a Spotify playlist for the week.