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Current topic

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

Our secondary topic will focus on work experience for Transition Year (TY) students. We will design and build a website that revolves around work experience for TY students. The website will have all contact details for companies and organisations that offer work experience and the type of experience they offer. It will have interviews with students about their work experience and other relevant information for students who are looking for work experience and will be a national service.

As in 2016, we will host another Mayo Day, producing a short movie with images and video from places all over the world that have the same name as a place in Mayo and recreate the same images in Mayo.  The aim is to promote Mayo to these places as holiday destination.

Work already completed

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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