Congratulations to the students and staff in Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown who have worked continuously over the past few years to promote Mental Health and Suicide Awareness through a variety of initiatives and workshops with partners in these fields.

Further recognition of these efforts came this afternoon (Friday, 11th September 2015) on receiving the Ambassador School Award from Jim Breen of Cycle Against Suicide at a reception in the plush surroundings of Farmleigh Estate in Co Dublin.

Two members of staff, Ms Valerie Dempsey (Guidance Counselor) & Ms Catherine Maher (HE Teacher), along with two fifth year students, Kelly O’Brien & Gavin McCarthy, represented the school’s Community Education Committee at today’s event.  The committee is comprised of representatives from staff, students, parents, board of management, local primary schools and various organisations in the area (such as Ossory Youth).

Having previously worked in areas such as Internet Safety & Cyberbullying, the committee extended their focus to Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.  Among the many initiatives last year was to participate in the Cycle Against Suicide in May as they made their way from Thurles to Portlaois as well as providing a Sos Beag (Official Rest Stop) along the N8 route – the old Cork-Dublin road.

Further information on all of the above can be obtained through clicking on the various links below or speaking to our Home School & Community Liaison (HSCL) co-ordinator Ms Patricia Costello on 056-8831135.

Kelly O'Brien & Gavin McCarthy receive Ambassador School Award from Cycle Against Suicide in Farmleigh (Sept 2015)

Kelly O’Brien & Gavin McCarthy receive Ambassador School Award from Cycle Against Suicide in Farmleigh (Sept 2015)

 Mental Health Initiatives & Workshops 2014-present:

National Youth Congress & Launch of Cycle Against Suicide in RDS (2014)

Guest Speaker from Live Life Foundation – Fionnbar Walsh (Dec 2014)

Guest Speakers from AWARE & BodyWhys (Feb 2015)

Cycle Against Suicide to visit Coláiste Mhuire for Sos Beag (April 2015)

Staff & Students from Coláiste Mhuire complete Cycle Against Suicide (May 2015)

Internet Safety & Cyberbullying 2012-present:

Launch (December 2012)

Internet Safety & Cyberbullying Information (2013)

Safer Internet Day 2013 

Information Evening on Internet Safety & Cyberbullying 2013

Course on Internet Safety Skills for Parents / Guardians & members of School Community 2013

Guest Lecture on Internet Safety & Cyberbullying by Dr Maureen Griffin 2014

 Safer Internet Day 2015