THE GOVERNMENT HAS launched new guidelines today for mental health and suicide prevention for post-primary schools.
The guidelines provide schools and the agencies supporting them with information on how to address issues around mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
The guidelines are for all members of the school community including boards of management and in-school management team. They are also aimed at the statutory and non-statutory partners, parents, parents’ associations, students, student councils, health and other personnel who are seeking an understanding of how to best work in and with schools.
It is estimated that one in ten children and teenagers experience mental health disorders which impact on their relationships and day-to-day coping skills. Many mental health problems emerge in childhood and early adolescence.
The guidelines are divided into three main sections:
Today, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said the promotion of well-being and the prevention of suicidal behaviour among young people is a major concern for the government.
“Young people learn more effectively if they are happy and feel supported in school,” he said. “Building resilience and emotional well-being is crucial to their school progress and their success in life.”