Top praise for students’ work on suicide help

By Maurice Garvey

FOR THE sixth year in a row, Ballyfermot school St Dominic’s College received an accolade at the Cycle against Suicide Ambassador school awards.

Transition Year students Soraya Gleeson and Catie Byrne, attended Dublin Castle with Cheryl Keeler, Career and Guidance Counsellor, at St Dominic’s, to pick up their award.

St Dominics suicide cycle compressor

Students Soraya Gleeson and Catie Byrne with Cheryl Keeler

This year the organisation invested in a whole school approach to tackling mental health in association with Headstrong.

Both Ms Keeler and the two students were trained in this programme on the day, and will roll it out to their school this year.

“We are currently in the process of setting of a student lead committee and deciding on the important themes we would like to promote this year,” said Ms Keeler.

“We work very hard year in year out to promote positive mental health and the core message ‘It’s OK not to feel OK and absolutely OK to ask for Help.’

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