MENTAL Health Week 2017 took place in Presentation Secondary School Tralee last week.
An excellent and diverse range of diverse of activities took place for all year groups during the week – all coordinated by the Student Representative Council.
School Principal, Mary O’Keeffe and Head girls, Aoife O’Sullivan and Katie Ahern of 6th Year, addressed the school on Monday morning to launch the week’s activities and to encourage everyone to participate fully in the week.
As well as lots of art displays, thoughts of the day over the intercom, Zumba and the very popular “Smile” zone, a new activity this year is the “One Good Adult Tree” in the Assembly area.
This allows each student to acknowledge and celebrate the adults who encourage and support them in their lives by placing a coloured card with a name and description of why the person is so important to the student on a branch of the tree on display in the Assembly area.
Speakers during the week included Nikki Bradley who made a presentation, “Tough as Nails”, in relation to her experiences with Ewings disease, and Astrid Longhurst who spoke about Body Confidence.
Students also had a talk on “Children of the Digital Age” and a motivational talk from Gerry Hussey.
On Friday, Mrs. Elma Walsh of the Donal Walsh Live Life organisation addressed the school, bringing the Mental Health Week to a fitting close.