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Mission Accomplished in 2019!

Our third annual Mission Possible awards ceremony took place in May 2019, celebrating the innovation of Irish schools in promoting positive mental health.

Six schools from across the country collected prizes at the awards ceremony, held in St Patrick’s University Hospital, commending student’s achievements in raising awareness of mental health and combatting stigma in their classrooms and wider communities.

First launched in 2017, the 2019 Mission Possible Awards competition, a flagship initiative of Walk in My Shoes (WIMS), proved the most popular yet, receiving more than double the number of entries than last year. 

Tanya Ward, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Children’s Rights Alliance, joined this year’s judging panel, along with Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) and the WIMS Project Manager.

With awards available for both primary and secondary schools, entries to Mission Possible revealed an encouraging, inventive selection of positive mental health initiatives underway in schools in Ireland.  Standout activities included ‘Mindful Monday’, resilience workshops, sound walls, and a ‘Smile Club’.

Paul Gilligan said

One in five young people aged 10-19 now experience mental health difficulties. Positive school environments play a central part in addressing this by enhancing mental health awareness, tackling stigma, and promoting well-being. The volume of entries to this year’s Mission Possible Awards speaks to the remarkable engagement and leadership of Irish schools on mental health issues. We are delighted to recognise the invaluable contribution schools are making in empowering children and young people to live mentally healthy lives.

Tanya Ward added

With an incredibly impressive array of entries, it was very difficult to choose just three winners of this competition: every school taking part should be proud of building holistic, supportive approaches and fostering open attitudes towards mental health. Involving students in projects like Mission Possible creates a long-lasting impact and moves us all closer to a mentally healthy future.

Meet the 2019 winners

All participating schools received a Certificate of Achievement. The following schools received prizes at the awards ceremony.

  • Primary school winners

    • First Place: St Mary’s Boys National School, Belturbet, County Cavan
    • Second Place: Balbriggan Educate Together, Balbriggan, County Dublin
    • Third Place: Ballygiblin National School, Gurteenaboul, Mitchelstown, County Cork.

    In no particular order, runners-up in the Primary School category were:

    • Ballyraine National School, Letterkenny, County Donegal
    • Edeninfagh National School, Glenties, County Donegal
    • St James' Primary School, Basin Lane, Dublin 8
    • St Clare's Primary School, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6W
    • St Attracta's National School, Charlestown, County Mayo
    • Gaelscoil an Bhradáin Feasa, Bothar an Mhuilinn, Droichead Atha, Contae na Mí
    • Rathbeggan National School, Dunshaughlin, County Meath
    • Scoil Mhuire Allenwood, Allenwood, County Kildare
    • CBS Primary School Kilkenny, Stephen Street, Kilkenny.
  • Secondary school winners

    • First Place: Rosmini Community School, Drumcondra, Dublin
    • Second Place: St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, County Meath
    • Third Place: Royal School Cavan, County Cavan.

    In no particular order, runners-up in the Secondary School category were:

    • St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla, County Clare
    • St Paul's Secondary School, Greenhills, Dublin 12
    • Cabinteely Community School, Dublin 18
    • Merlin College, Galway City, County Galway
    • Mountrath Community School, County Laois
    • St Gabriel's Special School, Dooradoyle, Limerick
    • Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, County Longford
    • St Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, County Mayo
    • St Anne's Secondary School, Tipperary Town, County Tipperary.

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