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  • Northside East

Local students attend mental health event

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 1:00pm
Local students attend mental health event

Pictured are students from St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester, who took part in the event: back row (from l-r), Megan Daly, Kayleigh Harris, Jennifer Coyne, Sophie Graham, Tara Lynch; and front row (from l-r): Abbie McCarthy, Aoibhe Conway, Jenna Brady, Natasha Mulally.

Local students attend mental health event

Pictured are students from St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester, who took part in the event: back row (from l-r), Megan Daly, Kayleigh Harris, Jennifer Coyne, Sophie Graham, Tara Lynch; and front row (from l-r): Abbie McCarthy, Aoibhe Conway, Jenna Brady, Natasha Mulally.

STUDENTS at a Northside secondary school were among 7,000 teenagers who took part in major event that aims to promote positive mental health.

The students at St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester, took part in the Cycle Against Suicide 2018 Student Leaders’ Congress at the 3Arena. 

The event, which started as a gathering of 40 students in 2012, is now the largest young people’s mental health conference in Europe. 

The students from St Mary’s spent several weeks in advance of the congress preparing various projects that focused on the event’s two central objectives of promoting positive mental health and help-seeking behaviour in young people.

Principal of St Mary’s Holy Faith, Killester, Evelyn McLoughlin, said the event had a huge impact on the students who travelled to the 3Arena.

“Our school was privileged to participate in this unique student experience hosted by Cycle Against Suicide and we were honoured to showcase our school’s work,” Ms McLoughlin told Northside People. 

“The impact of this type of event is far reaching, not just in our school but also in the community. The atmosphere at the 3Arena was phenomenal.”

Aoibhe Conway, a student at St Mary’s Holy Faith, said the memory of the Student Leaders’ Congress will live long in her memory.

“I had an amazing day in the 3Arena,” she said. “It was a fun-filled day from which I took away so many inspiring messages from the amazing speakers. 

“Throughout the day we shared the message that ‘It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’. 

“As I am a student leader I also enjoyed the lead up to the congress with the help of my amazing fellow leaders, 

The Student Leaders’ Congress is organised and run by Cycle Against Suicide, the charity organisation that aims to foster an environment of positive mental health through the promotion of its core message that ‘It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.

In 2017 St Mary’s Holy Faith Killester was rewarded for its exceptional commitment in promoting positive mental health. 

The school was awarded the prestigious status of Ambassador School by Cycle Against Suicide in recognition of its fulfilment of the ‘Five Gears’ programme.

The programme is school-led and involves the completion of ‘Five Gears’ over the course of a year, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of the message that “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”.

The programme provides a framework for schools to integrate mental health activities into the school plan, and rewards schools that go the extra mile. 

 For details on this year’s Cycle Against Suicide event  or information on how to volunteer, visit www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

 

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