Our first Mind Your Mental Health Week took place at Piper’s Hill College, January 15th-19th. Our aim was to raise awareness and promote the importance of taking the time to look after our own mental health and to support and look out for our friends and colleagues in the school. It was a great success and the atmosphere and mood around the school was upbeat and positive as students across all years took part in a range of activities.
The week kicked off with a HIIT session for all students by Fitness4life coach Brian McGrogan. The emphasis on getting active and involved continued for the entire week. Operation Transformation ran each morning in the gym, while the P.E. Department organised various sporting activities for Junior and Senior students at lunch time.
1st Year students participated in a 1km Colour Run and they certainly looked like they enjoyed every minute! (PHOTO opportunity) 2nd Year students had the luxury of sitting back and enjoying a well-earned Film Morning and afternoon. 3rd year students enjoyed a morning being entertained by Michael O Sullivan from Humourfit, who delivered a programme performance for teenagers on subject matters affecting their young lives.
There were also cookery demonstrations and nutrition talks which focused on the importance of healthy eating. 4th year students very kindly assembled healthy eating fruit pots for both staff and students, which went down a treat! 5th Year students let loose with Dance Fitness sessions and Taekwondo, showing the many diverse ways you can get active while having fun. Finally, our 6th Year students took a well-deserved break from their studies to enjoy a coffee morning, where they could chat and relax with friends.
With Mindful Music sessions, Laughter Yoga, Meditation, Mindful Colouring, Stop Everything and Talk, Creative Corner with the student council and a whole range of other activities and events taking place across the week, there was certainly something for everyone. The overall message of the week which we hope to carry forward- it’s okay not to be okay and be kind to yourself, you are doing the best you can!