Student's film promotes positive mental health

Published 20/03/2014 | 05:26

Chief Supt Gerard Dillane presenting class 4 Ciaran Davis College Mallow Emma Brennan, Shuana O'Connell, Silije Knutsen, Sandra Kieszkowska, Alison Buckley and Tiffany Jones their Garda Youth Award at the ceremony on Wednesday.

A GROUP of young students who felt that it was paramount to raise awareness for positive mental health were honoured at the Cork North Youth Garda awards.

The ceremony, held at Mallow GAA Comples last week, featured Class 4 - Ciaran, students at Davis College. As part of a film studies project they decided to enter a competition aiming to dismantle the taboo of speaking out about not feeling okay. They felt that their entry should represent the most common problems regularly faced by teenagers.

To achieve this each student anonymously wrote about their personal grievance. Many found this a difficult task to complete, but to be ultimately therapeutic.

The citation read by Garda Liam Doyle outlined how the students discussed their findings and how these issues might affect a person. It was this sentiment that gave birth to their short film "Just Be You".

The group were not afraid of rolling up their sleeves and weeks of of preparation followed, getting the scripts ready for the production. Ten students took part in the actual film with the rest involved in the production.

They were shortlisted to attend a national awards ceremony in the Green Isle Hotel, Dublin to celebrate their achievement.

The students hard work paid off when they were awarded "Best School's Film" at this event by the Cast Film Festival and were commended for dealing with such important matters directly and maturely.

The video has since been used to promote positive mental health locally and the school was also invited to perform the speeches live in front of 4,000 people at the national "Student leadership Congress" in the RDS, organised by the "Cycle Against Suicide" campaign.

Not happy to sit on their laurels they have produced another short film celebrating life, simply titled "Live Life", which came third in a National Competition run by C.I.T. Tralee which was part of the Donal Walsh "Live Life" Foundation.


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