Amber Flag Initiative
In order to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in Watergrasshill N.S. we have decided to take part in the Amber Flag Initiative. Successful completion of the Amber Flag initiative involves the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive and healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental health and well-being.
What is the Amber Flag?
The Amber Flag initiative is an initiative run by Pieta House which recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youth reach, third level institutions, community groups, clubs and companies to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing.
Minsters Jan O’Sullivan and Kathleen Lynch launched Well-Being in Primary Schools- Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion in 2018. This joint collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Health Service Executive, aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in primary schools. It is recognised in these guidelines that positive mental health and wellbeing enables young people to lead fulfilling lives and is vitally important to their holistic development.
We, at Watergrasshill N.S. wish to rally the wider school community together to endorse positive mental health and wellbeing. If any parents are willing to share their skills and talents with us in terms of music, meditation, mindfulness, fitness, healthy eating, art, etc. please get in touch with Ms. Cussen. We acknowledge and appreciate the knowledge and skills you all have which may help us create a positive mental health and well-being environment here at Watergrasshill N.S.
Our aims and objectives are…
To create an Amber Flag notice board in the school, promoting positive mental health strategies.
To hold a fundraising event for Pieta House and a Wellbeing Week to promote positive mental health in our school
To hold a ‘Design a Poster’ competition within the school to raise awareness of positive mental health strategies.
To obtain a “Buddy Bench” for the school yard.
As part of our Amber Flag initiative this year we decided to establish a Student Council to give the children in our school a voice! Our Student Council will work together to help promote positive mental health in our school. There is a representative for each class. They have been working tirelessly to outline lots of innovative ways to promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst our students.