A CALENDAR produced by Listowel teenagers and aimed at raising awareness of mental health is to be distributed to over 13,000 secondary school students across Kerry.
The calendar has been created by young people aged 12 to 19 from the Listowel based youth café Xistance and aims to promote positive mental health and raise funds for the charity Console.
The calendar will be officially launched on Thursday, December 12, in Listowel Community Centre where Dingle band Walking on Cars, supported by some local Listowel bands, will provide the entertainment.
The teenagers involved in the project worked very hard to produce and finance the calendar, which contains beautiful artwork and relevant information and tips regarding positive mental health.
The Youth Cafe itself not only aims to promote positive mental health, it hopes to empower young people through raising awareness of mental health issues and also to raise funds for the Console charity.
"We held several flag days in Castleisland, Tralee and Killarney and sought local sponsorship."
"We are also involved in the O2 Think Big programme who have given us €2,000 towards the project," said Michelle O'Neill of Xistance Café.
She explained that the calendar will be made available to secondary school students across the county and all the money raised will go to Console, which has a new centre in Tralee and provides a broad range of community-based supports, services and resources for those affected by, or at risk of suicide.
CEO of the charity, Paul Kelly has fully backed the Listowel project.
"This beautiful calendar will not only raise money, but most importantly it will also raise awareness among young people of where they can get help if they are experiencing problems," he said.
Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 201 890 and more information about its services can also be found at www.console.ie