Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown attends student leaders’ congress

Students have been busy working on their projects to promote good mental health among all students

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COLAISTE MHUIRE JOHNSTOWN

Coláiste Mhuire students have been engaged in a number of different creative projects

Pupils from Coláiste Mhuire will join 7,000 other secondary school students from all over Ireland later this month at the Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress at Dublin’s 3 Arena.

Coláiste Mhuire students have been engaged in a number of different creative projects in recent weeks, 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 18, Principal of Coláiste Mhuire Martin Gleeson, said he was sure the students travelling to the 3 Arena would do them proud.

“This the fourth year our students are participating in the Cycle Against Suicide activities,” he said.

“Students have been busy working on their projects to promote good mental health among all students. They are currently preparing for Wellbeing week, there will be lots of fun activities running in the school from February 2-9 for all students.”

Having started as a gathering of 40 young people in 2012, the Student Leaders’ Congress has grown each 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, James Kavanagh, Galway hurlers Jason Flynn and Davy Glennon, Dustin the Turkey, author Kevin Hines and MC for the day DJ Nikki Hayes. Music performances will be provided at the 3 Arena by Booka Brass Band, Mundy, Wild Youth, Little Hours and many more.