Ardscoil na Trionoide join 7,000 Students at 2018 Student Leaders’ Congress

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20 students from Ardscoil na Trionoide joined 7,000 other teenagers from around Ireland at the 3Arena recently for the 2018 Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress.

The event, which started as a gathering of 40 students in 2012, is now the largest young people’s mental health conference in Europe. Students from Ardscoil had spent several weeks in advance of the Congress preparing various projects that were focused on the event’s two central objectives of promoting positive mental health and help-seeking behaviour in young people.

Speaking after their return from the event, Link Teacher Emer Maguire said the event had a huge impact on the students that travelled to the 3Arena.

‘It was such a powerful yet entertaining day which made the message very clear to our students and energized them to return to school with new ideas as to how we can promote positive mental health in our own school community’

Ardscoil student Esther Craven said the memory of the Student Leaders’ Congress will live long in her memory.

‘It taught me how important it is to be positive, to listen to others and to ask if someone is OK. The speakers were fascinating and had such an impact’

The Student Leaders’ Congress is organised and run by Cycle Against Suicide, the charity organisation that aims to foster an environment of positive mental health through the promotion of its core message that ‘It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help’. For details on this year’s cycle or information on how to volunteer, log on to www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.