Five steps to mental health

David Looby

Published 13/10/2015 | 00:00

Members of the under 21 hurling panel at the launch in Colaiste Abbain. From left, front, Oliver O Leary, Jim White, Conor Mc Donald and Tony French; back, Billy Kelly, Fr Colm Murphy, Chairman, WMHA, Liam Ryan, Linda Thorpe, Regional Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland, and David Dunne.
Members of the under 21 hurling panel at the launch in Colaiste Abbain. From left, front, Oliver O Leary, Jim White, Conor Mc Donald and Tony French; back, Billy Kelly, Fr Colm Murphy, Chairman, WMHA, Liam Ryan, Linda Thorpe, Regional Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland, and David Dunne.

Two mental health programmes for County Wexford primary and secondary school pupils have been launched.

Wexford Mental Health Association (WMHA) launched the Five Steps to mental health poster for all primary schools in the county at Colaiste Abbain, Adamstown, recently. A poster has been issued to primary schools around the county and it is hoped that it will become an integral part of the SPHE programmme in these schools.

Eight members of the U21 hurling panel attended the launch. Speaking on behalf of young people involved in sport, Conor McDonald said that maintaining mental health is very important no matter what one is involved in.

Michael D'Arcy of Wexford band Corner Boy spoke about the importance music can play in maintaining and fostering mental health, while Senator Michael D'Arcy encouraged all present to look out for each other because we all face challenges in our lives at some time or other.

The Expressions project, which is aimed at Transition Year students, was also launched by Jill O'Herlihy of Mental Health Ireland.

The aim of this project is to heighten the awareness of mental health among young people in secondary schools, under the banners: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give.

Presentation of projects will take place in the Riverside Hotel, Enniscorthy, on Tuesday, October 13, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and judging is to commence at 11.30 a.m.

The judging system is as follows: oral presentation, visual display, originality - unique approach, knowledge of topic and teamwork. Each category will have a maximum score of 20 points.

All presentations must be relevant to mental health.

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