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McGuinness gets behind #SchoolsGoOrange

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Mairead McGuinness in Brussels.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Local MEP Mairead McGuinness has got behind the #SchoolsGoOrange campaign – an initiative which tomorrow (February 17th) see schools across the country turn orange in promoting a positive message about mental health.

The purpose of the initiative is to promote the message that ‘Its OK not to feel Ok; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.’

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In a video posted online today, former Ardee Community School pupil McGuinness – now a Fine Gael MEP and European Parliament Vice-President – urged people to

“The message is it’s okay not to feel okay; and it is really okay to ask for help,” McGuinness said.

“I want to say hello to my old school Ardee Community School in Co. Louth and I hope that all of our schools around the country get involved in this #SchoolsGoOrange campaign. Let’s raise mental health awareness to where it should be,” she continued.

Schools across the country will host a variety of fundraising events for Cycle Against Suicide including concerts, dance-offs, sing-a-thons, bake-offs, zumbathons, football matches, swims, talks, knit-a-thons and much more. The hashtag #SchoolsGoOrange is being used across social media to promote tomorrow’s day of events which takes place to help break the cycle of suicide on the island of Ireland.

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