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Teens Say YURT for Mental Health

Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, launches the Limerick Mental Health Week at the Northside Youth Space

Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, launches the Limerick Mental Health Week at the Northside Youth Space

A social media campaign called #MHYURT, a family fun day and an art exhibition are just some of the youth led activities that will take place for this year’s Limerick Mental Health Week which runs from Friday, October 6-13th.

A result of a collaborative effort from three leading youth organisations, Limerick Youth Service, Jigsaw and Foroige, the week aims to inform young people of the services available to them and how they can look after their own mental wellbeing.

The youth events start with a Family Fun Day at Bedford Row, Limerick City on Saturday, October 7th with plenty of activities aimed at promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

‘Throughout the week we will be running an interactive social media campaign called #MHYURT,’ explained Siobhan Wilmott, Limerick Youth Service.

‘YURT is local slang for ‘yes’ so our young people decided to go with #MHYURT, basically ‘Yes for Mental Health!’ said Siobhan adding ‘we are challenging young people to get involved and play a role in promoting positive mental health for themselves, their friends and family.

As part of the social media campaign, each day a young person will have to perform a challenge that follows Jigsaw’s 5-a-day for your mental health- Connect, Get Active, Notice, Get Involved, Give.

‘On Monday we are asking you to ‘connect’ be it with friends or classmates,’ said Tanya O’Sullivan, Jigsaw, adding ‘this can be over a coffee or a chat at lunchtime.  On Tuesday we are challenging you to ‘Get Active’ by going for a walk or take part in the Limerick Beat on the Street initiative.’

Having a chat over a cuppa is good for your mental health.

Having a chat over a cuppa is good for your mental health.

The challenges will continue through the week with people asked to post your selfies on social media with the hashtag #MHYURT.

Meanwhile on Monday, October 9th, Jigsaw are inviting you to their Hub at Arthur’s Quay, Limerick, to learn about their service, the importance of self-care and of having ‘One Good Adult’ in your life.   The information workshop runs from 2:15-4:15pm.

The public is also invited to an exhibition at the Hunt Museum, Limerick City.  Titled ‘Reflections,’ it features mental health themed art work by young people from Limerick Youth Service’s Community Training Centre.

With Mental Health in the Workplace the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, which falls on Tuesday, October 10th, Limerick Youth Service is holding a lunchtime yoga session at its Northside Youth Space, Ballynanty.

Events are not confined to the city with a ‘5-a-Day Let’s Go Mental’ themed event taking place at Rathkeale Youth Space on Wednesday, October 11th from 4:30-7:30pm.

The online challenges facing young people in the 21st century will be part of a Web Safety & Cyberbullying Workshop for Parents at Limerick Youth Service on Thursday, October 12th.

The workshop will discuss the online world the many teenagers live in, while challenging parent’s use of the internet.

For more information please click HERE or visit www.limerickmentalhealth.ie

Minister Catherine Byrne with Foroige, Jigsaw & Limerick Youth Service

Minister Catherine Byrne with Foroige, Jigsaw & Limerick Youth Service

Limerick Mental Health Week promotes positive mental health in the community and aims to inform people about the services available in the Limerick region.

Jigsaw is a youth mental health service that provides supports to young people with their mental health by working closely with communities across Ireland.

Foroige is a national youth organisation to works with young people across Ireland through a range of youth led programmes.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.

ENDS####

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