What is Amber Flag?
The Amber Flag initiative aims to encourage schools to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations.
What does Amber Flag do?
The Amber Flag acknowledges the efforts made by schools in promoting “Positive Mental Health”.
By preventing the stigma that is associated with mental health it can allow individuals to seek help sooner, when mental health issues arise.
Positive Mental Health aims to:
- Promote mental health and well-being for all.
- Prevent mental health problems through increasing awareness, social support, reducing risk factors such as racism, bullying and isolation.
- Improving quality of life for students/people with mental health problems by promoting recovery through awareness and education.
What have we done?
- We established an Amber Flag Project Team
- Once established, the team prepared an Audit of the activities and services in the school that promote an ethos of positive mental health.
- The team then identified 3 goals/tasks to enhance the existing educational provision and support structures in the area of mental health promotion in the school.
- Once the goals had been agreed, an Application for the Amber Flag was made. The team then carried out its three goals over the school year. Towards the end of the school year a presentation of the Amber Flag was made.
The three goals were:
- To hold an emotional well being week in GCC
- Establish an Amber Flag Noticeboard
- Promotion of emotional well being for both the student and staff community
- Ashling Muldowney
- Siobhan Quinn
- Temi Arikake
- Gabriela Zamberga
- Oisin Gahan
- Orlaith Tobin