Mental Health Awareness in North Monastery CBS

Schools play a vital role in the promotion of positive mental health in children and teenagers. Education about mental health and well-being is an integral part of curriculum in the North Monastery CBS.

Our Transition Year Programme over the years has focused on working with Youth Work Ireland (Cork). Both Youth Work Ireland (Cork) and our Transition Year students have developed a long-term positive mental health awareness programme, which helps to promote the issue within our school and the wider community. Our Transition Year students helped to develop the Mind Your Head DVD and more recently our students created a Mental Health Awareness wristband this was launched at our 2015 Mental Health Awareness Day. Our school has a continued commitment towards the MIND YOUR HEAD programme.

In May 2015 we were awarded the Amber Flag (http://www.suicideaware.ie) due to the great efforts by our students and staff. Our Amber Flag Committee which is made up of members of our staff, the HSE and our students devised a long-term plan to further integrate positive mental health within our school. Our policy includes an annual Mental Health Awareness Day, our Mental Health Awareness Information Board, fundraising for mental health charities and a long-term commitment to positive mental health awareness education outside the remit of our SPHE programme. Our school routinely monitors and reviews our Mental Health Policy and our positive Mental Health awareness programme in order to stay up-to-date with ongoing trends in this area. Our school provides a safe and supportive environment for positive mental health where we provide an environment where both students and staff can continue to build on their life skills to look after their own mental health and the mental health of others.

Each year will hold an annual Mental Health Awareness Week where students take part in discussion, workshops and attend a special play and workshop in association with Cyclone Rep.

The North Monastery CBS was awarded its second Amber Flag in May 2016.