Adopting a positive outlook for mental health week

Gaelcholáiste Chiarrai were very busy last week reaffirming some of the most important values of all as they celebrated the school's annual Positive Mental Health week.

It was a week in which students took part in a wide and diverse range of activities, all of which were organised with a focus on what the school described as 'the factors necessary to promote and maintain an individual's well-being.'

And a special Wellbeing team of students were tasked with laying out the week's programme - beginning on a theme of music and dance.

"Music and dance was the theme at the start of the week as first years enjoyed Zumba classes. Second years had a visit from Jigsaw Kerry, a community based support for young people's mental health needs to talk about the resources they have available in Tralee," teacher Eibhlís Ní Mhuircheartaigh explained. Eoin Burns and LGBT support group Shoutout meanwhile provided workshops to the fifth years, while the Leaving Certs took time out of their studies to take part in Yoga classes.

Third-year students looked at the impact of substance abuse on wellbeing. And students also raised funds for the Southwest Counselling service in Killarney to help in its vital work.