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Mural’s mental health message

Thursday, 11th April, 2019 1:00pm
Mural’s mental health message

Pictured at the unveiling of the new mural at Kilbarrack Train Station were Aoife Bullock, Kilbarrack Station Manager John Donegan, Mya O’Hara, teacher Warren Montgomery and Jennifer Boland. PHOTO: LORRAINE O’SULLIVAN/SHARPPIX

Mural’s mental health message

Pictured at the unveiling of the new mural at Kilbarrack Train Station were Aoife Bullock, Kilbarrack Station Manager John Donegan, Mya O’Hara, teacher Warren Montgomery and Jennifer Boland. PHOTO: LORRAINE O’SULLIVAN/SHARPPIX

A NEW mural that highlights the importance of mental health and aims to end the stigma around it was unveiled on the Northside last week. 

The mural, which was created by local students from Manor House School in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann, was unveiled at Kilbarrack DART Station. 

Kilbarrack native and Manor House pupil, Aoife Bullock, devised the idea to help brighten up the station and spread the message of positive mental health, which is also central to Iarnród Éireann’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. 

This is not the first mural to be placed at the station, which has a tradition of artwork being created by local groups and people.

Speaking at the unveiling, Aoife said: “As students we wanted to spread a message that it is ok not to feel ok and that we should not be afraid to talk about our mental health. 

“We wanted to play an active role in our community and to make a difference.” 

The mural contains positive messages and also the Samaritans’ contact number. Iarnród Éíreann’s corporate social responsibility strategy focuses heavily on mental health causes. 

The company is the chief sponsor of the Cycle Against Suicide, is a distribution partner for Green Ribbon in the month of May and also works closely with the Samaritans. 

It is planned that more murals will be put in the station in the future by Iarnród Éireann in conjunction with local community partners.

Kilbarrack Station Manager John Donegan said:  “The murals we have here have always helped brighten up the station and we are delighted to see another addition, particularly one with such an important message.” 

Other murals located at the station depict Ireland’s World Cup journey in Italia ‘90 and another mural carries a strong message against bullying. 

Thousands of passengers pass by the murals every day at Kilbarrack and it has become a key feature of people’s journeys.

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