Mental Health Awareness
Mind Your Mind
We in Moyne College recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and enabling young people to live fulfilling lives. We are aware that due to increasing daily pressures and difficult life events, mental health problems are on the increase particularly among young people. Therefore, in recent years as part of the school calendar, Moyne College has incorporated a valuable week-long initiative -‘Mind Your Mind’ focusing on promoting positive mental health and well-being. We aim to make young people aware of services and facilities should they, a member of their family, or a friend need to avail of them while ensuring that the stigma of mental illness becomes a thing of the past.
We wish to introduce alternative activities and experiences to address the issue of mental health and build strength and resilience for the future in a realistic and relevant manner appropriate to the age group. Students learn what mental health means, the importance of expressing oneself, identifying a support network and talking to someone.
Each year guest speakers are invited to speak to students and staff about their own personal experiences and how they deal with them. Mind Your Mind runs for a week before Christmas holidays – a wind down after all the hard work and Christmas tests. During this week students experience a range of different activities which promote positive mental health. Students are given the opportunity to take part in activities that aim at building resilience, equipping them with coping strategies and of course having fun. Activities vary from year to year and include; performing arts, kickboxing, relaxation, cookery, sport, karaoke, zumba, walking, art and crafts, art therapy, quizzes and much more.
This annual event would not be possible without loyal sponsorship from Mayo North East Leader Partnership and other various local businesses. We are also grateful to Mayo Mental Health for their support and time.