St. Pat’s Students and Teachers Walk from Darkness into Light

St. Patrick’s Secondary School students, from left: Padraig Fleming, Aaron Fleming, Calum Baker, Cathal Shire, Conor Casey and Michael Daly taking part in the Darkness into Light 5k in Tralee.

On Saturday morning last, May 11th, at 3:15am 30 students, their parents and their teachers from St. Patrick’s Secondary School left Castleisland to take part in the Pieta House Darkness into Light 5k in Tralee.

They joined with the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who got together to walk from the darkness of night into the light of morning to help in the global fight against suicide and self-harm.

Sparking the Conversation

“Symbolically the walk represents the therapeutic counselling journey and it sparks the conversation about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in all our lives,” said Principal Denis O’Donovan.

“This is the fourth year that our school has taken part in the walk and the event is now a permanent fixture and a part of the campaign by our students and teachers in promoting Positive Mental Health throughout the school.

A Clear Message

“There is a very strong awareness among the whole school community about the importance of positive mental health and a clear message that it’s ok not to be ok and how important it is to talk. “It provides a strong reminder that St. Patrick’s Secondary School promotes Positive Mental Health and Well-being among the whole school community.

“The Darkness into Light 5k was a wonderful experience for the students and one they will always remember and one has to be impressed by their willingness and enthusiasm to take part.

O’Connor’s in Support

“Well done to all involved and a special thank you to Thomas O’Connor of O’Connor Buses, Castleisland who very kindly sponsored the bus to and from the walk and who has always supported this very worthy event,” Mr. O’Donovan concluded.

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