The Pieta Amber Flag Initiative recognises the individual efforts of primary and secondary schools, youthreach, third level institutions, community groups and clubs to create healthy, inclusive environments that support mental well-being.
Uniting these groups in their efforts, working together toward a happier, healthier Ireland and eradicate the stigmas associated with mental health issues.
We received our first Amber Schools flag in summer 2023 after two years of work.
The Amber Flag is in its 8th year, and over 1,000 flags have been awarded to date. Once a school is awarded the flag, it is placed in a prominent position outside the school flying at full mast acknowledging the great achievement.
To be awarded the Pieta Amber Flag, applicant groups must host a mental health awareness event, a fundraiser, and a mental health initiative. The programme encourages teamwork and student contributions and works with school guidance counsellors to include a peer-support element.