Magh Ene College to take part in the first annual Cycle Against Suicide #SchoolsGoOrange day
#SchoolsGoOrange all over Ireland to raise awareness of key message: “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”
On Friday February 17th, students and teachers from Magh Ene College will get their school community glowing orange for mental health awareness as part of Cycle Against Suicide’s first annual #SchoolsGoOrange day.
Simultaneously schools around the island of Ireland will turn orange to spread the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.
#SchoolsGoOrange aims to drive mental health awareness and promoting help-seeking behaviour in second level schools across all 32 counties.
School Name has decided to host a Civvies Day with an orange theme. All students and teachers are encouraged to wear orange in aid of this very worthwhile cause.
Participation in #SchoolsGoOrange part-fulfils the requirement for the prestigious Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador School Award presented to schools that demonstrate excellence in the promotion of mental health.
“We are really looking forward to taking part in #SchoolsGoOrange”, said Catriona McLoughlin, teacher at Magh Ene College. “It is fantastic to be part of a movement that spans all 32 counties, which promotes the crucial message that our mental health and wellbeing, just like our physical health, needs to be cared for and nurtured.”
Ms. McLaughlin went on to explain, “Our students are working very hard to prepare for our event type to spread the message, ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’ in our school”.
“We’re excited about our first #SchoolsGoOrange day”, said Cycle Against Suicide interim CEO, Colm Hayes. “A special word must go out in praise of the students and teachers who are working so hard to make the vision of #SchoolsGoOrange a reality; they are the beating heart of this special day. These young people represent the future leaders of our country and how they are driving the conversation around mental health in Ireland should give us all great hope.”
Mr. Hayes continued, “We hope that through a diverse range of events from bake sales to zumbathons via hurling blitzes we will be promoting the message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’, and then, to empower these students to spread this message within their own homes and families. Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.”
For more information on this, the 2017 Cycle Against Suicide, or the Cycle Against Suicide Schools Programme, check out www.cycleagainstsuicide.com, search Cycle Against Suicide on Facebook, or @CASuicide on Twitter.