Arklow Youth Mental Health Week - officially launched
Arklow Youth Mental Health Week
The third annual Arklow Youth Mental Health week 2012 is taking place from October 15th to 19th.
The theme for 2012 is ‘Diversity, Embracing Difference’. Arklow Youth Mental Health Week aims to provide education, information and support on many issues relating to Mental Health and will provide a broad and varied schedule of events aimed at young people aged 12-18 years within the five secondary school settings ion Arklow.
It will feature workshops on topics from Eating and Positive Body Image, Bullying, Coping with Suicide and Managing Stress and Anger to Drama, theatre, Film making and Music.
Arklow Youth Mental health Week was officially opened by Mr. Simon Harris TD on Tuesday October 18th at Arus Lorcain.
All five secondary schools gave excellent presentations on their interpretation of the theme, Diversity, Embracing Difference.
Mr. Brian Howard, CEO Mental Health Ireland, presented all schools with certificates of achievement.
The key note speaker was Barbara Duffy, Chairperson, Arklow Youth Mental Health Week Committee and Senior Clinical Psychologist, Arklow Primary Care.
The finale of the week long event will culminate in ‘The Big Sing’ where choirs and solo artists from all the primary and secondary schools in the town will perform together to give the message that music and singing is good for your mental health!.
The anthem song for this event will be ‘Forget Me Knots’ by up and coming Irish band, Heathers.
It is even rumored that the band will make a guest appearance and lead the singing of their anthem! A release of doves in the grounds of Arus Lorcain for positive mental health will close Arklow’s Third Annual Youth mental Health Week.