Coláiste Bhaile Chláir

Wellbeing Support In School

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir offer both Career Guidance and Wellbeing Support to students. Students can also avail of confidential one to one appointments for wellbeing support and counselling. See below to request an appointment:

The Wellbeing approach is based on the continuum support model with provides a framework for schools to enable them to identify and respond to students’ needs in a flexible way. This process is also supported through engagement with external professionals, as required.


Request a Wellbeing Support Appointment email:

What happens next?

Appointments will be confirmed by email so please check your emails regularly. We aim to get back to students within 24-48 hours but during busy periods throughout the year, there may be delays. If you have an urgent wellbeing support related query please ring the school and ask for Principal or Deputy Principal.

Also below are useful contacts below.

  • Online Advice & Supports for Parents of College Students
  • Samaritans (call 116 123)
  • Teenline (call 1800 833 634 8-11pm, 7 nights a week)
  • Walk in my Shoes Helpline (call 01 249 35 55)
  • Pieta House Suicide & Self-Harm Helpline (call 1800 24 72 47)
  • Aware Depression & Bipolar Helpline (call 1800 80 48 48)

Below is also a list of agencies in our area which provide low cost counselling and support which maybe of help for you and your child.

Local Service

    • No4 Youth Service
      • 4 Augustine Street, Galway
      • 091-568483
    • Lets Get Talking
      • Liosban House, Tuam Rd, Galway
      • 091-76550
    • Pieta House
      • Bishop Street, Tuam, Co Galway
      • 093-25586
    • Jigsaw
      • Fairgreen Rd Galway (Age 15-25yo)
      • 091-549252
    • Youth Work Ireland
      • 41 /43 Prospect Hill, Galway
      • 091-561637
    • An Tobar Nua Counselling (Tom /Megan)
      • 25/27 Lower Dominick St, Galway
      • 091 562175


Student Referral

Students can self-refer or refer a peer they are concerned off by emailing a member of the Wellbeing Team, dropping into the Pastoral Care Support Office or checking in with their Caomhnóirí during their SPHE weekly class.

Parental Referral

Parents can make referrals by contacting a member of the Wellbeing Team and requesting that their child be seen by a Wellbeing staff member. To provide an efficient referral process the most suitable member to address is the child’s Caomhnóirí. The Wellbeing team work in close collaboration with parents of any student who is linking with them so that there is comprehensive support being given to students and parents.

Wellbeing /Guidance Structure

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir is part of the One Good School Initiative

Jigsaw’s One Good School is a comprehensive initiative which supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and those around them, by
developing a shared responsibility for mental health across the whole-school community.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Wellbeing /Guidance Team offers student support service within the school to address the emotional needs that young people can have in response to experiences such as family breakdown, bereavement, loss, family and peer relationship difficulties, anxiety and bullying. The Wellbeing also supports staff and parents in addressing these concerns.

The Wellbeing /Guidance Team at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir consists of

  • Ms S Hanley
  • Ms C Joyce
  • Mr C Flynn
  • Ms L Ryan
  • Mr Sheridan

and Year Ceannairí and Class Caomhnóirí. The guidance counsellor, psychotherapist and the pastoral care team will offer support to students who are presenting with mild to moderate level of emotional distress that can be supported during school term. For students who present with moderate to severe emotional distress, that require more intensive work and out of school hours support the student support services will provide assessments, recommendations, and referrals to appropriate agencies.

The Caomhnóirí also links in with their group on a weekly basis which creates a relationship and rapport with the students and provides opportunity to address any issues they maybe having. The Caomhnóirí role is that of a mentor who supports each student to assist them in Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Vision “Together We Will Achieve”. The Caomhnóirí mentoring role also follows best practice from research by UCD (2012) in the My World Survey National Study of Youth Mental Health which highlighted that having one good adult as being a strong protective factor for mental health.

The Wellbeing Team is led by an Assistant Principal with responsibility for Wellbeing (Ms Hanley) who facilitates a number of programs for students. These include Anti Bullying Ambassador Program, Student Council, TY Leadership/Mentor Program, Wellbeing Student Ambassadors etc. Ms Hanley continuously liaises with other Leadership staff and Caomhnóirí to facilitate programs for specific curriculum domains that are delivered in classes.

The Wellbeing Team links and refers to appropriate external support agencies and work in collaboration so the needs of the students are best met so that “Together We Will Achieve”

The Department of Education and Skills also provides Psychologists to the School. Access to the psychological service is administered through the Wellbeing Team. The Psychologists are available on request but are limited in their involvement as they cover all primary schools and post primary schools in the county. Parental consent is required to access this service for students who are under 18 years of age.

The purpose of the Wellbeing Team is to ensure a child is supported and learns the skills to address emotional challenges and stresses in life which develops emotional intelligence and that is an essential competency for life.

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir,
Baile Chláir,
Co na Gaillimhe,
H91 XY8V

091 799 001

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