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Monday 18 June 2018

Kennedy students' mental health flag

Pictured at the event are Programme Co-Founder Frank Mulvhill and Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins with Kennedy College representatives
Pictured at the event are Programme Co-Founder Frank Mulvhill and Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins with Kennedy College representatives

David Looby

Kennedy College New Ross students were awarded an Amber flag at a ceremony in Dublin recently for their individual efforts to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing in the school.

National suicide prevention charity, Pieta House, awarded flags to more than 80 schools, colleges, clubs and societies.

To be awarded the Pieta House Amber Flag, the students held a mental health awareness event, a fundraiser and a mental health initiative.

The programme encourages teamwork and student contributions and works with school guidance counsellors to include a peer-support element.

CEO of Pieta House, Brian Higgins, said: 'The Pieta House Amber Flag initiative allows us to support schools and youth groups across the country in raising awareness of the stigmas which exist in their environments associated with mental health issues.

'By supporting these groups to create stronger and more resilient environments, we can build stronger and more resilient young people.'

For more information on how to take part in the Amber Flag initiative contact angela.horgan@pieta.ie.

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