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Current topic

Mayo Comhairle’s next project is to carry out a review of School Student Councils with the aim or preparing a policy document on how the Councils should be structured. Our aim is to present this to the Minister for Education upon completion.

Mayo Comhairle held an event in 2018 called “Comhairle Talks” with 6 guest speakers on the topic of Equality from their perspective. Ibrahim Halawa was one of the speakers. They held a day event with 600 secondary schools students in attendance and an evening event with 300 in attendance. Here is the promo video:

Work already completed

Mayo Comhairle’s primary topic for 2017 was mental health. We focused on promoting the services that are available to young people in relation to mental health and produced a short video to break down the myths and stereotypes that exist about certain services.

In 2016 Mayo Comhairle continued their work on the development of a student discount card for young people in the county.

We also focused on Student Council Training: Comhairle members provided student councils throughout the county with peer-led training.

In July 2016 we hosted our second annual colour-run (see pics below) which took place at Lough Lannagh on July 8th. The colour-run had a special 1916 theme this year: commemorating the children who died in the 1916 Rising.

Mayo Comhairle na nÓg  focused on three key topics in 2015: the development of a Student Discount card, Road Safety and Mental Health. We organised a series of campaigns to increase awareness of these issues.

In keeping with the mental health theme, we recently hosted our #LetsGoMental2015 event on 27th July. This was one of the 31 regional events, forming part of the national ‘Lets Go Mental: do something for your mental health today‘ campaign. Here is the link to our event page:

Mayo Comhairle na nÓg has been busily working on a positive Mental Health campaign since 2013. As part of the campaign, the group wrote, produced and recorded a song and video entitled New Shoes. The song lyrics focus on the importance of embracing the positives in life, and discarding the troubles that hold you back. The song was officially launched in Castlebar at a musical event entitled a Mental Night of Music where nine of the brightest and most talented musicians in Mayo performed the songs and music that have inspired them throughout their lives.

In 2012 Mayo Comhairle na nÓg made a short film called Behind my Smile offering advice and guidance to young people on how to deal with potentially stressful situations – see link below. The film, distributed on DVD to all local schools and youth services in Mayo, acts as a useful resource for students, teachers and youth workers in the county when dealing with youth mental health matters.

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