The children at Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe celebrated Mental Health Awareness Day last Friday and managed to raise over €500 for Pieta House.
As part of the celebration, the children donned bright, colourful clothing for a non-uniform day, participated in team building and cooperation activities, had their faces painted and did various other activities and lessons in relation to mental health and well-being.
The highlight of the day was the ‘Let’s Walk Together In All Our Shoes’ walk to the village where the children displayed their banners, placards and posters.
This awareness day was part of the challenge the school are undertaking to obtain an ‘Amber Flag’ which is an initiative to promote positive mental health and well-being.
Successful completion of the initiative involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive and healthy attitude towards general physical and mental health and well-being.
The Amber Flag initiative is run by Pieta House which recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youth reach, third level institutions, community groups, clubs and companies to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing.
An Amber Flag Committee was formed with representatives from each class and they worked very hard to make the day a success.
Coordinating teacher, Orla Mulhare was delighted with the event.
She said: “The day went very well and we are delighted to raise much needed funds for Pieta House.
“Our mental health is critical and it is very important for schools to create healthy environments where children’s well-being is to the forefront.”
Principal Ann Bergin said: “I am thrilled with such an uplifting event at the school.
“I would also like to thank the local Gardaí for their assistance with the walk to the village.”