Pieta House Awards Its Amber Flag To Mercy Mounthawk

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Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee, representatives receiving their certificate and amber flag from Programme Co-Founder Frank Mulvhill (L) & CEO Pieta House, Brian Higgins (R). Picture: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM Photo

MERCY Mounthawk has received an Amber Flag from national suicide prevention charity, Pieta House.

The Amber Flag was presented to over 80 schools, colleges, clubs, and societies, recognising their individual efforts to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing, last Thursday in Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.

Health & Wellbeing Coach, Alison Canavan was on hand at the event to offer advice to the students and groups before they stepped on stage to accept their Amber Flag from programme founder Frank Mulvihill and Pieta House CEO, Brian Higgins.

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The Pieta House Amber Flag initiative, now in its 4th year, recognises the individual efforts of schools, companies, and groups to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental wellbeing.

The award unites these groups in their efforts working toward a happier, healthier Ireland and eradicating the stigmas associated with mental health issues.

All groups receiving the Pieta House Amber Flag qualified for the award by hosting a mental health awareness event, a fundraiser, and a mental health initiative.

The programme encourages teamwork and student contributions, and works with school guidance counsellors to include a peer-support element.

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