Suicide Aware in Rochestown, Cork is a voluntary organisation working in the area of depression and suicide. In May 2013 they, together with The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), Cork GAA and Cork’s Red FM,  launched the Amber Flag campaign to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations. It is to enhance the good work that is going on where mental health is concerned by offering an award. The Amber Flag! St Angela’s College wanted very much to be part of this campaign. We organised a team of 30 2nd Years and 6 teachers. 3 weeks of activities followed including Orange Day and Mental Health Day, workshops and talks, a flashmob, orange face painting, a poster campaign, talks for each year group, wristbands, setting up a noticeboard, stickers, logos and slogans. On May 6th, our school was inspected. The inspection observed the existing supports and programmes in place for our students, and inspected the goals, activities and achievements of the Amber Flag Team. The outcome of this inspection was that our school was awarded the Amber Flag! This is a wonderful achievement for our school. The presentation of our Flag took place on Thursday May 8th at 2pm in Rochestown Park Hotel.

Amber Flag Update:

On the 14th of May 2015, the Amber Flag Team had a Pizza Day in aid of Pieta House, Cork. Pieta House has many counsellors who work with people of all ages who are feeling down and need to talk. Everyone has problems at different stages in their lives and we think that talking about anything that bothers you and feeling strong enough to change negative habits, is very important. The Amber Flag Team tries their very best to promote positive mental health around our school. We have done many activities this year such as –

  • Walk in Our Shoes
  • Buddy Day uniting  juniors and the seniors
  • Positive Pumpkin Pageant/Poster Competition
  • Mental Health Quiz for the whole school
  • Music at lunch time
  • Transition Year mental health workshop with the Cork Counselling Centre
  • 1st Year Mental Health Treasure Hunt
  • 2nd Year fun activities and games
  • Assemblies for all year groups on positive mental health

The Amber Flag Pizza Day was a very successful day and we raised €415 for Pieta House. We also held a raffle and the prizes were cinema tickets for you and a friend. In first place was Aine O’Neill who won 4 cinema tickets and in second place was Fiona O’Neill who won 2 cinema tickets. These cinema tickets were kindly donated by the Gate Cinema and we are very grateful to them.

On behalf of the Amber Flag Team, we would like to thank everyone who supported us this year and helped spread positive mental health.

By Lauren Ryan & Kate McKeone   3B

To read all about Positive Mental Health Day 2015  – Tuesday, January 13th please click on the following link: St Angela’s Pride in Promoting Positivity

Read More: Amber Flag 

View the Flashmob video at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5b3g38budoc68kj/miMkSxs8ZC

Read the Amber Flag team blog at: http://amberblogsac.wix.com/ambersac.

View more on the school Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stangelascollege