On Tuesday 9th April the Transition Years and Fifth year students travelled up to Dublin to the Three Arena to attend the “Cycle against suicide” 2019 congress.
Cycle against Suicide School’s programme culminates each year with the Student Leaders Congress. This event is a contact based education day, where students participate in a day of mental health talks in a fun and inclusive environment. Research shows that contact based education is one of the most powerful tools of learning. The theme of this year’s event was #PostiveVibesSuperLives. This event addressed mental health stigma, offering hope and focused on building resilience.
The students listened as speakers including counsellors, doctors and individuals shared their personal experiences of their journey with mental health issues.
Students were treated to performances by Kodaline and The academic and other performers throughout the day.
Students said that the moving and personal speeches opened up their eyes to Mental Health issues and they found it a really beneficial day in helping them understand the consequences of suicide and substance abuse.
Thanks to Ms. Naddy, and Ms. Maher for organising the trip.
Report written by Ella Moore and Aisling O’Mahony.