Mental health top issue at youth event

Pictured are Robert ODonnell (Tipperary Town), Aine Poyntz (Clonmel), Donagh Crowe (Tipperary Town) and Kate Quigley (Clonmel
Two hundred delegates, aged 12-17, today took part in Dáil na nÓg 2013 and voted as their top recommendation the need for a national mental health gathering for second level students, with music and events to improve attitudes towards mental health.

Two hundred delegates, aged 12-17, today took part in Dáil na nÓg 2013 and voted as their top recommendation the need for a national mental health gathering for second level students, with music and events to improve attitudes towards mental health.

The young delegates spent the day discussing all aspects of mental health including topics such as Leaving Cert reform, exam pressure, bullying, cyber bullying, peer pressure, sex education, abuse of drugs and alcohol and other issues. From 20 recommendations, they took part in three rounds of voting to reach a final conclusion.

This top recommendation will be followed up over the next two years by the Comhairle na nÓg National Executive and they will work with the relevant Government departments and agencies to make this recommendation a reality.

Pictured are Robert O’Donnell (Tipperary Town), Aine Poyntz (Clonmel), Donagh Crowe (Tipperary Town) and Kate Quigley (Clonmel