Dr Harry Barry with Colaiste Bride students Morena Bramley and Kiara O'Keefe
Dr Harry Barry with students Morena Bramley and Kiara O'Keefe

A Clondalkin school has been named a Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School in recognition of the work they do in raising mental health awareness.

Colaiste Bride picked up the award at a ceremony held at The Honourable Society of King’s Inns on Wednesday, September 12.

The awards recognise the immense efforts of 99 schools around the island of Ireland who have completed the Ambassador Schools’ Programme and became actively involved in mental health promotion.

Minister Helen McEntee, author and mental health expert Dr Harry Barry, author, actor and musician Adam Weaver presented the awards.

Colaiste Bride was represented at the event by teachers Ms Dixon and Ms Kinsella and students Morena Bramley and Kiara O’Keeffe.
Ms Dixon said the school are very proud of their achievements.

“The Ambassador Schools Awards ceremony was a great day,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to attend such a positive event and have the efforts of the students recognised.

“Our participation in the Programme has had an enormously positive impact on our school community, fostered a school-wide approach to the promotion of positive mental health and provided incredible opportunities for student leadership.”

The Ambassador Schools’ Programme is one aspect of a wide range of Cycle Against Suicide initiatives and programmes.

It involves the completion of “Five Gears” over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.

The programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan, and rewards schools who go the extra mile.

More information on the Ambassador School Programme is available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com