Wednesday 24 July 2019

Oberstown campus in 'well-being' initiative

Oberstown staff participating in wellbeing initiative
Oberstown staff participating in wellbeing initiative

Oberstown Children Detention Campus in Lusk launched their inaugural well-being month for staff, in an initiative which will include a range of activities to give staff 'the tools and advice to maintain good mental and physical health.'

Ireland's only children detention centre, Oberstown, aims to provide a safe and secure environment for children (usually aged between the age of 13 and 17), who are placed in the campus by the Children Court.

The initiative will see staff at Oberstown engage in a range of workshops designed to assist in both mental health and well-being.

Staff will attend workshops, while Cara Driscoll, organisational psychologist at the campus, will also launch a pioneering new mental health handbook for staff.

Other activities taking place on campus include: peer support training; information on creating a healthy work environment; and Operation Transformation on campus featuring walks, weigh-ins and healthy breakfast options.

Ms Driscoll said: 'Increasingly, promoting positive mental health and well-being is a key focus in workplaces throughout the country, and we recognise the importance of this for Oberstown. The new mental health guidebook we have produced with and for our staff can help them look after their own mental well-being, and foster an ethos of positive mental health on campus.'

Director of Oberstown Pat Bergin commented: 'Working at Oberstown is a very positive experience for staff, but can also be a challenging one.'

He concluded: 'We believe in supporting our staff to manage the emotional stresses and strains the job occasionally involves.'

Fingal Independent