On Thursday February 16th last, students and teachers from Ardscoil Na Trionoide  turned their school orange for mental health awareness as part of Cycle Against Suicide’s #SchoolsGoOrange day.

Simultaneously hundreds of schools around the island of Ireland glowed orange to spread the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.

The aim of #SchoolsGoOrange was to drive mental health awareness and promote help-seeking behaviour in second level schools across all 32 counties.

Ardscoil Na Trionoide held an event with an orange theme, it included a wear orange no uniform day and the handing out of orange cupcakes, generously donated by Bradbury’s bakery and decorated by the school’s amber flag team, to all students present on the day. The 2 Euro collected from every student will be donated to the Cycle Against Suicide.

As part of the buildup to the day, the #SchoolsGoOrange selfie campaign caused well-known Irish faces from Joe Duffy to Nadia Forde, and from Gerry Adams to Dustin The Turkey to ‘Go Orange’ on social media, helping to highlight the vital work being done in schools to raise mental health awareness.

Participation in #SchoolsGoOrange part-fulfils the requirement for the prestigious award of Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School, which Ardscoil Na Trionoide is hoping to receive at the end of this school year for the third time. “It was terrific to take part in the #SchoolsGoOrange day”, said Emer Maguire, teacher at Ardscoil Na Trionoide. “It’s great to have our students involved in a movement, where they are the centre of discussing and promoting how our mental health and wellbeing, just like our physical health, needs to be cared for and nurtured.”

Ms.Maguire went on to explain, “It was inspiring to see the hard work our students put in for our event type to spread the message, ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help in our school’”.

“We were delighted with how hundreds of schools took part in #SchoolsGoOrange day”, said Cycle Against Suicide interim CEO, Colm Hayes. “Huge thanks and credit must go to students and teachers who worked so hard to make the vision of #SchoolsGoOrange a reality. The range of events from flash mobs to sports days via orange themed school lunches showed tremendous creativity and commitment to opening up the conversation around mental health in our schools.”

Mr. Hayes continued, “We hope that through the participation of students and teachers in #SchoolsGoOrange along with our social media campaign will bring Cycle Against Suicide’s message, ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and its absolutely OK to ask for help’, to more and more schools, communities and homes on the island of Ireland. Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland. ”

For more information on this, the 2017 Cycle Against Suicide or the Cycle Against Suicide Schools Programmes, check out www.cycleagainstsuicide.com , search Cycle Against Suicide on Facebook, or @CASuicide on Twitter.

 

For further media information please contact:

Colm Hayes

M: 087 246 2643

E: colm.hayes@cycleagainstsuicide.com

OR

Jenny O’ Meara

M: 087 611 9296

E: jenny.omeara@cycleagainstsuicide.com

 

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