Positive Mental Health Week – 28th Nov- 2nd Dec 2016

Castletroy College has joined forces with leading charity, Cycle Against Suicide, in a bid to improve the mental health of its students. Castletroy College has signed up to be part of the Ambassador School Programme for 2016/2017.

The Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador Programme is an exciting initiative that affords schools the opportunity to place mental health at the core of their school’s ethos, and to receive recognition for their ongoing work. There are already over 100 schools in Ireland involved in the programme.

The Programme encourages school communities to undertake five challenges, and achieve five goals, to improve the mental health and well-being of its students. This allows the school to spread a message of hope, and to remove the stigma that is associated with mental health both in our society. This collective effort changes attitudes and encourages help-seeking behaviours.

This year’s Ambassador Award is focused on achieving Five Gears:

  1. Mental Health Education
  2. Project Work
  3. Mental Health Week
  4. School’s Go Orange
  5. Getting Active

Cycle Against Suicide is an organisation that aims to break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland. The Movement is built on a foundation of volunteers who work tirelessly to promote the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’. This, quite possibly, is the most important message that students can learn in their time in school.

We would encourage the whole community to get behind the students and staff of Castletroy College  as they strive for the coveted award, and continue to spread the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’.

Castletroy College organised a highly successful positive mental health week from Monday 28th November – Friday 2nd December.

The week began with a Well -Being fair and was launched by comedian Karl Spain. Councillor Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick attended along with representatives from a host of organisations such as the Samaritans, Teenline, Limerick Suicide Watch, Amanda Clifford Counselling, The Blue Box Creative Arts Therapy & YSPI.  Other events included a working it out with words workshop with Ms. Leddin, a staff v student basketball match, a bake & brew for our first year grandparents where the school traditional group performed & some of our talented grandparents entertained us. – Dr. Patrick Ryan from the University of Limerick made a presentation to the parents of Castletroy College -“Lots of Little Love Makes Minding Maturing Minds Meaningful’ during the week and evemts came to a close on  2nd December with our “Feel Good Friday” which consisted of beauty treatments and surprises for all staff. The highlight of the week was no doubt the DanceAthon & Teacher Lipsync completion attended by Spin Southwest. Well done to all in the school community who contributed to such a successful and important week  particularly to Bríd 4 who organised the week of events. Congratulation to Caoimhe and Zoha from Deirdre 1, the 2016 Castletroy College DanceAthon Champions.

Bríd 4 look forward to completing gear 4 & 5 in 2017!