Ministers Jan O’Sullivan and Kathleen Lynch jointly launched Well-Being in Primary Schools Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion. This is the result of a joint collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Health Service Executive with the aim of promoting mental health and well-being in primary schools.
It is recognised in these guidelines that positive mental health and well-being enables young people to lead fulfilling lives. Home and family are recognised as the primary source of nurturing and support for children. However, mental health and well-being are recognised as everyones concern and involves the whole school community, parents/guardians and others involved in day to day school life. Positive mental health for children is part of their overall health and is inextricably linked with well-being.
In order to promote positive mental health and well-being we have decide to take part in the Amber Flag Initiative. This involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive, and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.
In order to roll out all the activities involved we have formed an Amber Flag Committee. The committee members:
Lucca, Dean, Keli-Marie, Paddy, Paddy-Joe, Abby, Dennis and James .