Oaklands Community College from Edenderry joined 7,000 other students from all over Ireland at the Cycle against Suicide, Student Leaders Congress in the 3 Arena in Dublin on January 18, 2018.
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 was #EmpowerYourVoice.
The Oaklands students have engaged in a number of different creative projects in recent weeks 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.”
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 was the largest young people’s mental health conference in Europe.
Speaking about the event, Ms. Patricia Harrington Guidance Counsellor for Oaklands, said “we are delighted to be part of this initiative and our students have put in tremendous work since September."
The students had fantastic opportunities to engage in a diverse schedule of speakers which included representatives from Irish Mental health organisations, Snapchat star James Kavanagh, Galway hurlers Jason Flynn and Davy Glennon, Dustin the Turkey and MC for the day Radio DJ Nicki Hayes.
The atmosphere was electric, and the students got to enjoy music performances from Mundy, Little Hours and many more.
"Promoting Positive Mental health in our school is a strong part of our community and we are extremely proud of our students work in projects such as the Amber flag, jigsaw Peer Education Programme, Chill out Tuesday and the cycle against suicide campaign," Ms Harrington added.
"We look forward to joining the schools go orange campaign on February 9 which will continue to support the message,
empower your voice."
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