A Wexford teenager has been highly commended in a Mental Health Ireland art competition.
Daniel McCarthy, from St Peters College, submitted an entry using newspaper cuttings to represent hair on a pencil sketch of a woman's face. Issues including anxiety, stress and depression can be difficult for teenagers to talk about. Feedback from teachers and students was this competition opened up a space for the students to think about their own mental health and those around them. 'Young people in Ireland have taken a great interest in mental health and this is very obvious from the entries we have received this year,' said Martin Rogan, chief executive of Mental Health Ireland.
'They are not just interested in their own mental health but show interest in supporting others. This competition creates a platform for discussion that provokes and evokes a deeper conversation'.
An exhibition and award ceremony took place in Dublin last week with students and their families travelling from all over Ireland to attend. Over 1,500 Irish students drew and photographed what mental health means to them.