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Kerry Comhairle na nÓg

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Current topic

Kerry Comhairle’s key topic for 2017 is mental health. We plan to organise a mental health conference with speakers, workshops, activities, etc… for Transition Year students throughout Kerry. In conjunction with this, we will also be looking at how young people cope with exam stress. This is how we plan to do it: we plan to introduce the idea of school ambassadors – training by young people for young people – to be mental health ambassadors in their schools. Our aim is to produce a short web series of videos on coping with exam stress, study skills, tips for relaxation, etc. Our Comhairle members will then act as ambassadors in their schools to show the videos in SPHE and CSPE classes before the time of exams.

We held our 2017 AGM on 13th October in Tralee. To give you an idea of what goes on at an AGM and how youth-led it really is, check out our video below:

Work already completed

Over the past two years Kerry Comhairle na nOg have taken part in a number of exciting initiatives. On the topic of drug and alcohol abuse, they created ‘Hugs not Drugs’ wristbands, ran peer education stands in schools, and contributed to and helped launch a ‘THINK About Alcohol’ booklet. In 2016 they visited Dáil Éireann and a European Youth Event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. They also organised a Fashion Show as part of the 1916 commemorations.

Here’s a little promo video about us:

 

Kerry Comhairle na nÓg tackled a new topic in 2015: substance abuse and its effects on young people. As part of this topic we produced a substance abuse awareness video.

We also hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event on Banna Beach in October 2015. See some sample photos below and click here to read more: