Friday 23 February 2018

Mental health work at school gets recognised

Teachers and students at Bridgetown with the Amber Flag.
Teachers and students at Bridgetown with the Amber Flag.

Bridgetown Vocational College has been awarded an Amber Flag by the 'Suicide Aware' organisation following months of work and events to create positive mental health within the school.

In October 'Cyclone Rep' presented a workshop to first year students on bullying.

On World Mental Health Day, the team organised a number of activities in the school.

Senior students completed 'Let's Talk' postcards and returned them to the Wexford Suicide Prevention Plan Steering Committee.

In November, 'Beat the Blues' called into the second year students to give a talk on bullying, cyber bullying and internet safety.

Third year students completed a project on mental health.

Aware's 'Beat the Blues' speaker Stephen Dargen met all sixth years in February to give then advice and stress coping strategies.

John Dwyer from 'Bully4U' came to the school at the end of April to discuss the issues of digital footprints, internet safety, bullying and cyber ullying to both students and to parents.

On May 15, students and staff got involved in 'Walk in My Shoes' and wore odd or mismatched shoes to raise funds for the charity.

Finally, 'Radio Smile' was broadcast from the school intercom where students could request upbeat songs to be played. This was part of the third year mental health project.

The Amber Flag team consists of teachers Mary McDonald-Mernagh, Eileen Codd, Olga Foley, Patricia O'Callaghan, Jeanette O'Brien, Stephanie McKenna, Mary Fitzgerald, Fiona McDermott, Kara Cahill, Ciara Ryan and Sinead Browne.

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