“It’s Ok not to be OK” was the catchphrase across Inver College in Carrickmacross last Monday. The whole school community convened in the sports hall to hear and tell stories of mental well being. Students received and gave advice to one another about how to “Minding Our Minds.”
School principal Thomas Sharkey explained; “This event was a collaboration between Tusla Child & Family Support Network, ISPCC, SoSad, Childline, Youth Work Ireland, Monaghan County Council, our students and staff and many other community groups.
“Our message as a school is that Inver College is a safe place for young people to talk about the issues that affect them. We are a caring and listening school. It is in our nature here to support young people. The afternoon of singing, Zumba dancing, student testimonials, mindfulness training and connecting with friends gave our students the clear message that it’s ok not to feel ok and that minding your mind is one of the most important things you can do.
“We all learned lessons at the event and hope to bring them into our daily work and lives.”