St Dominic’s were delighted to win the award in the category for ‘Commitment to well-being in the Community’ at the Action Mental Health Head First Awards in W5 on 10th October.
The Head First awards are to celebrate exceptional commitment to mental and emotional well-being within education and community sectors. These awards were held to mark ‘World Mental Health Day’ and to recognise organisations and people within education and the community who avail of the pioneering mental health promotion work carried out by the charity’s MensSana team.
We were one of a number of schools/organisations who were nominated due to their success in raising awareness of issues of mental health and well-being, tackling stigma, fundraising and championing young people’s mental health during the academic year 2017-18.
The ceremony was led by Cool FM radio presenter Paulo Ross and the awards were presented by Belfast Giant’s chief coach Adam Keefe.
What they said about us:
‘The winners of this category have accessed resilience and wellbeing sessions for students across their entire school as well as working with AMH to offer mental health and well-being sessions for all staff and hosting health events for parents and carers over a period of four years.
The positive attitude of the school to promotion of wellbeing is evident also in the recommendations made to partner schools in West Belfast which has resulted in another 11 schools in the area partnering with AMH MensSana to extend provision of mental and emotional wellbeing interventions to young people and those who care for them. The shortlisting panel remarked on the schoo’ls commitment to reaching out and to embedding health and wellbeing within the school and wider community.’