The Mental Health class, Class Francis, have been working tirelessly for the last few months to promote positive mental health in the school. As teenage girls attending a same-sex school, we are constantly comparing ourselves to the people around us. This can create a negative vibe and we plan to fix that.
To begin, we made anonymous Christmas cards written with compliments and praises inside. We screened each one to make sure that nobody had written anything negative or insulting. Everyone in the school received one and their responses were entirely positive.
After the Christmas break, when the weather was starting to improve, we organised games during Healthy Schools Week. After creating awareness through poster making, we went around various classrooms to ask classes what games they would like to play. A variety of suggestions came our way and so we picked the most common. For the whole week, everyone in our class was split into groups of two or three and assigned to areas around the school where the games were taking place. There was foosball and table tennis outside Ms. Judge’s room, badminton and skipping in the gym, twister and board games in the Constance centre, the walk a mile challenge and much, much more.
For the whole week, eager students came to these areas for the games. They had the maddest craic imaginable there and asked if we were continuing the next week! They were devastated to know that we weren’t.
Students told us that they loved having games to play at break and that their self esteem boosted dramatically with the messing and craic they had. The outcome was very positive, so much so in fact that Ms. Kelly said we could have a party for us! Given that a party makes you happy and happiness creates positive mental health…….
By Jude Barriscale, Natasha Crossan and Roisin McNally