At our 2016 AGM we voted on the topic of suicide as the one which CNN should work on as their project.
After much information and advice from the experts ( including CYPSC, Pieta House, Childline & The Samaritans ) the Comhairle decided on a 3 point campaign to support suicide prevention in Cork city especially amongst young people.
Comhairle na nÓg members Laura, Aoife and Andrew talk about the process and ideas within our Turning Tides campaign. They talk about the need for awareness around suicide and young people as well as the creativity involved around our campaign. They talk about how they gathered research through information sessions with leading experts in issues around mental health and suicide. Laura talks about her idea for our logo and lapel pin, what the message within our symbol is and why it is important.
We were very excited to see this new campaign that YMCA are hosting and fully support it. It strengthens the awareness in relation to our campaign which can only be a GREAT thing. Get involved and TAKE YOUR SELFIE TODAY!
On Tuesday 10 October, World Mental Health Day 2017, YMCA and young people from around the world came together to challenge the stigma that is stopping individuals affected by mental health difficulties speaking out and seeking help.
HOW TO TAKE THE #IAMWHOLE SELFIE
1.Picking a thick coloured pen that you feel reflects your current feelings or state of mind.
2.Draw the #IAMWHOLE circle on your left hand and hold it up to the camera, just like Ed Sheeran.
3.Take a landscape photo and post it on Tuesday 10 October accompanied by some words about why you are supporting #IAMWHOLE, for example, “I’m speaking out against harmful language around mental health with YMCA. Together, we are whole. #IAMWHOLE”