Portlaoise secondary school goes electric for mental health

Stan Henderson

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This year’s Positive Mental Health Week promises to be bigger and better than ever before at Portlaoise College and it is set to spark into life with a big night this week.

An amber flag awarded college for excellence in promoting mental health will be raised before prior to the first ever Electric College event.

Amanda Cripps is chaplain at Portlaoise College.

“The school received its amber flag last May which shows that Portlaoise College is committed to promoting positive mental health.

“We are delighted to have many activities during the week for students not only for their mental health but also their emotional, intellectual and social needs. These range from positive thoughts to start each day, dedicated wellbeing time with their tutors, entertainment at lunchtime, whole school breakfast, whole school midweek treats for staff and students, lunchtime meditation and information sessions with our care team.

This event is for Portlaoise College students and staff only and it promises to be a wonderful occasion giving students a chance to socialise with fellow students in a safe and friendly environment.

"It is also an opportunity to show our students that they are valued and important members of our school community,” she said.

There will be a main stage area for student's musical performances along with a DJ a hot dog stand, candy floss and popcorn machines, festival face painting, carnival games, VIP area and a meditation area.

Teachers and management have been generous with their time and energy to ensure that students have a wonderful time. Portlaoise College is leading the way in terms of delivering the new Junior Certificate Wellbeing and are going above and beyond regarding students positive mental health.

The flag raising and Electric College takes place tonight from 6pm until 8pm Friday, November 17.