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Young SVP students in Kilkenny respond to concern at level of anxiety among peers

Video is intended to offer support for those students all over the country

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A still from the video featuring Kilkenny students

Two Kilkenny students who are members of the Young SVP programme in the South East were concerned at the level of stress and anxiety among their peers during the Covid-19 restrictions, so they contributed to a musical video to drive home the message they are not alone.

The video is intended to offer support for those students all over the country who are feeling down, worried or anxious and encourages them to talk about their anxieties and that help is on hand for them.

The Kilkenny students singing on the video are Orla Flynn and Ciara Shepherd from Loreto Secondary School.
The project was supported by over 100 Young SVP students from around the country who feature in the video with ‘You are not alone’ signs.

The video which can be viewed at www.svp.ie/youarenotalone ends with an encouragement to call Pieta House or the Samaritans if you need help.

Debbie O’Halloran, SVP Youth Development Officer in the South East said that these TY and fifth year students from schools in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford were so aware of the impact on mental health that they agreed without hesitation to sing together on this video.

The Young SVP Programme is a youth development programme designed for use in school/youth groups. The programme focuses on social action within the ethos and mission of SVP. Young people are offered opportunities to learn about SVP, Social Justice and how to engage in social action in a positive meaningful way.

The SVP National Youth Development officer Becca Gallagher said that this initiative #youarenotalone is a perfect example of the level of concern for others that is engendered in the Young SVP Programme.