KIM Jackman, Kim Mitchell and Sagan O’Donovan from Edenderry were among twenty-five young people that attended the recent ‘Think Big’ training day workshop in Dublin.
‘Think Big’ is a new programme designed by O2 and Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, that enables young people to do projects in their community that will make a difference to young people’s mental health.
‘Health Bodies Growing’ was the title of the Edenderry girl’s project submitted through the’ Think Big’ website and it is aimed at promoting health and fitness among young women to boost their self esteem.
Currently in Ireland, only 40% feel they can cope well with their problems and one in three felt they were generally not happy. (Headstrong My World Pilot Study, March 2009)
O2 has granted initial funding of €300 to help the Edenderry girls get their project off the ground, along with a mobile phone (with €50 top-up), and a ‘Think Big’ start-up pack.
In addition, they will receive support from O2 and Headstrong in the form of mentoring and on going training to help them to bring their proposal to life. The projects will also be eligible for further funding as they progress.
The Think Big Programme is open to any young person, aged between 14 and 25, in the Republic of Ireland with an idea for a project that makes a difference to young people’s mental health. Project ideas can be submitted at any time for assessment through a website called www.o2ThinkBig.ie
Young people can also join the Think Big Community on the website where they can discuss and share ideas about how to promote mental health among young people.
The next deadline for submission of ideas to ‘Think Big’ is Thursday, March 29, log onto www.o2thinkbig.ie for more information.