St Patricks Mental Health Services is delighted to introduce Mission Possible, an initiative dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the work schools around the country do to promote positive mental health.

At the inaugural Mission Possible Awards Ceremony held in St. Patrick’s University Hospital, schools from all over Ireland were recognised for their effort and contribution to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health both in the classroom and in the wider community.
Speakers included Paul Gilligan and Claire O’ Gorman (Youth Empowerment Service).

The following schools received prizes:

Primary School:

  • St. James’ Primary School- Basin Lane, Dublin – €1000
  • Edeninfagh NS- Donegal – €500
  • Scoil an Linbh Iosa- Donegal- €500

Secondary School:

  • St. Kevin’s College, Ballygall Road, Dublin 11- €1000
  • Mountrath Community College, Laois – €500
  • Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin- €300

All participating schools received a ‘Certificate of Achievement’.

St. Patrick’s CEO, Paul Gilligan, said

“We know that almost 75% of all mental difficulties first emerge between the ages of 15 and 25 and we know that introducing mental health education at an early age is key to prevention, raising awareness and encouraging young people to seek help when required.

St. Patrick’s has been supporting schools to promote positive mental health for a number of years through our mental health education and awareness campaign, Walk in My Shoes. We were delighted to be able to formally acknowledge and award schools who go above and beyond in their efforts.”

The Mission Possible competition was open to all schools. The array of information presented and the initiatives being undertaken by schools are extremely impressive; ranging from the use of drama and music to mindfulness. Most inspiring was the way many schools have developed a holistic approach to promoting positive mental health to pupils, teachers and parents.

Tamara Nolan, Communications Manager at St Patricks, said

“We were taken aback by the amount of entries we received from all over the country. Unfortunately we could only pick three winners in each category but it is evident from the applications we received that all these schools were winners in terms of starting the conversation around mental health.”

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Mission Possible!!

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