Pupils from Castletroy College will join 7,000 other secondary school students from all over Ireland next week at the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress at Dublin’s 3 Arena.
Castletroy College students have been engaged in a number of different creative projects in recent weeks, and have been selected to showcase their work which will be on display at the event in Dublin and are inspired by the Cycle Against Suicide motto that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’. The Student Leaders’ Congress promotes positive mental health and provides help-seeking advice to young people in a fun and inclusive manner. The theme for this year’s Congress is #EmpowerYourVoice.
Speaking in advance of the event on January 18th, CAS Link Teacher Martina Murphy of Castletroy College said she was very proud of the Mental Health Ambassadors and the efforts they have made to promote positive mental health in the school community. Since September to promote the CAS message of Empower Your Voice the students have created a wellbeing self care kit which contains useful tips to help in tough times. They also organised a “Blurt It Out Bingo” session for Junior Cycle students to encourage them to speak out, make new friends and foster healthy relationships. The students have plans for a lunch time “Pop Up Café” in the new year.
Having started as a gathering of 40 young people in 2012, the Student Leaders’ Congress has grown year on year, and this year’s event will be the largest young people’s mental health conference in Europe.
The student-led event boasts a diverse schedule of speakers, which includes representatives from Irish mental health organisations, Snapchat star James Kavanagh, Galway hurlers Jason Flynn and Davy Glennon, Dustin the Turkey, author Kevin Hines and MC for the day, Radio DJ Nikki Hayes. Music performances will be provided at the 3 Arena by Booka Brass Band, Mundy, Wild Youth, Little Hours and many more.
The 5th Year Mental Health Ambassadors are:
Adrija Pavlova, Andrea Crochett, Brannagh McGuire, Conor Bourke, Danielle McMahon, Hazel Hourigan, Andreea Mocanu, Shannon Seagrief, Macief Jurewicz, Venkata Donthu and Lakeisha Lazo. We wish them well at the CAS student leaders congress in Dublin on January 18th.