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South Dublin Comhairle are currently working on the topic of health and well-being. They are organising a ‘run for fun’ and working on a video highlighting the issues surrounding youth mental health.

Run4Fun – Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You!

A Health and Wellbeing Educational Day to take place for young people. Aimed at young people from 12- 18 Years, the event took place from 10.30am to 1:00pm in Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday the 16th of May and has been organised to let young people know what services are available to them for all their Health and Wellbeing needs.

The event was organised by South Dublin Comhairle na nÓg in partnership with Community Services Department, Foróige and Crosscare hopes to give young people in our County the opportunity to educate themselves on the importance of taking care of their own health and wellbeing along with those around them. A number of organisations will be present at the event with information surrounding their services, such as Jigsaw, Spunout, Yoda and many more.

Minister Zappone will be in attendance on the day along with Mayor Paul Gogarty. Olympic medallist Kenny Egan will also address the young people on the advantages and importance of minding theirhealth and wellbeing. A number of relaxation activities and demonstrations as well as Drum and Gaming Workshops have been organised for the Festival, to give young people an opportunity to experience a number of different ways to relax in a safe, fun environment.

Previous topics

South Dublin Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017 was mental health. Our aim was to organise a music, culture and sport festival for young people with an education element about what can help keep young people mentally well. We are looking to link with Jigsaw in a bigger way and will examine the idea of a schools’ education programme to do two things: educate young people on how to help a peer if they have mental health issues; and lobby schools to provide a Zen or Quiet room for students. We also want to examine the link between physical health & mental health  and will lobby for reduced or free access to local authority gyms and swimming pools.

Our secondary topic is the creation of a website that would act as a portal to house information relevant to young people in South Dublin. The website would have information on youth clubs, youth cafes, sports, arts, the Comhairle itself, etc… and would be a one-stop shop for a young person to find out what they can do in the county. It will tie in with the topic of mental health in that the aim would be to keep young people connected and active within their community

In 2016 South Dublin Comhairle worked on a 1916 commemoration project – we buried a time capsule of Ireland for young people in 2016 as a mark where things are at for young people 100 years after the 1916 rising.

In October 2015 we hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event in Tallaght. To read more click here: 

We completed work on a Cyber-Safety Charter, which was developed with support from teachers, youth organisations and Gardaí, and was officially launched  in 2014.

In 2013, South Dublin Comhairle na nÓg, in partnership with South Dublin County Council, developed a mobile phone App, MindMindR, as an information resource for young people in the area. MindMindR is a comprehensive directory of Mental Health services and resources for South Dublin County and is aimed at all ages. The App was launched by the Mayor in June 2013 and is available to download free for iPhone and Android.

 

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