Saturday 7 December 2019

Donabate students attend Headstrong summit

Recently, Transition Year students from Donabate Community College, Carla Crosbie and Oisin McGillicuddy, two members of the school's Headstrong Committee accompanied by Mr O'Briain, visited Dublin Castle to attend a Headstrong Summit.

At the summit, the students got the opportunity to listen to different speakers share their stories and experiences about mental health. Many speakers gave their advice about how to promote positive mental health in schools.

The students said: 'We learnt a variety of different activities that could be introduced into the school community to improve positive mental health and mental health awareness.

'Students got to participate in workshops on the day such as describing different negative connotations too often thrown out about people who have mental illnesses; such as people with mental illnesses being described as 'weak'.

'We were reminded that these terms are incorrect and hurtful and we discussed how we can get rid of the stigmas associated with mental health.

'We were given skills and strategies they could bring back and implement in DCC. 'We collected a plaque on behalf of last year's Cycle Against Suicide student committee for all their work in promoting positive mental health in our school.'

the students said: 'We would like to congratulate 6th Year student Jake O'Toole for being a Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador.

'There are only twelve ambassadors in the country and we are incredibly lucky to have Jake in our school. Jake was involved in the organisation of the Headstrong Summit.'

Carla and Oisín spoke to Jake after the Summit to get his insight on being a Cycle Against Suicide Ambassador and he told them how he became an ambassador for Cycle Against Suicide.

He said: 'When I was in TY I was asked to be part of the Cycle Against Suicide squad for the school. Ms. Lowry was approached by Cycle Against Suicide and asked if any students would be interested in applying for the Ambassador role. Ms Lowry asked me would I be interested and I gladly took the opportunity.'

Fingal Independent