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Cork City Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017-18 is suicide awareness and involves a 3 point strategic plan. We have developed a campaign called Turning Tides. 

STRATEGY 1: BLOG AND VIDEO 

Below you will see a video of our members, past and present, explaining the development and production of our campaign name and logo.

Awareness blog/website:

http://www.ymcacork.net/cnn/turningtides/

Our blog will showcase our progress and work in relation to our suicide awareness campaign

Awareness video:

This year we aim to develop a video in partnership with Samaritans, ChildLine and pieta house that details what it is like for a service user using these services. The video aims to show what it is like to ring, text or drop in to any of these services.


STRATEGY 2: SIGNPOSTING SESSION
We are designing a signposting session that can be delivered by young people to young people highlighting the main three services available nationwide to young people who are feeling suicidal. People who complete this session will receive a turning tides enamel pin with a card attached highlighting the services.

STRATEGY 2 (CONTINUED): ANIMATION VIDEO

This video will explain who we are to new groups that we visit in an interesting and informal way. It will be an overview of what it is like to be a member of Comhairle na nÓg.

STRATEGY 3: ADVOCACY SESSION  

We will work, with the support or our local councillors and HSE members, towards advocacy for peer training on suicide awareness for young people aged 16+. The current age limit around training is 18+.

 

Work already completed:

Identifying youth employment as an issue, Cork City Comhairle decided to set up a website to help young jobseekers. The result was www.workwonders.ie — a site by young people for young people. Featuring interviews, videos and articles, WorkWonders is a one-stop shop with all the information young people need before venturing into the world of work. In spring 2016, we were happy to receive the support of TD Micheál Martin and to be featured in his comments in the Dáil, calling on government to support guidance counseling in Irish Schools.

Together with our partners, Cork City Council, Cork Enterprise Board, Institute of Guidance Counsellors and other youth services and online resources, we aim to make an impact in the current youth employment situation, improving youth employment prospects and services for young people in Cork City. We hope that many young people will use our website and join to spread the word about this important topic.

What Can I Do? – Children’s Rights Initiative
In June 2014, we worked with UCC to produce ‘What Can I Do?’ a video exploring children’s rights in Ireland and pushing for ratification of all parts of the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

Missing Link – Drugs and Mental Health
In April 2013, we held an event called The Missing Link highlighting the connection between mental health and drugs. During our research, we identified eight key areas which require action. We invited mental health professionals, drugs workers, young people, politicians and the media to present our research and suggested solutions. Drugs and Mental Health: The Missing Link,  looked at dual diagnosis and the gaps in addressing these two issues.

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