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“Be Kind” - Minister Lynch addresses Youth Mental Health Seminar

28 October 2015
“Be Kind” - Minister Lynch addresses Youth Mental Health Seminar

Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability, addressed a youth mental health seminar entitled ‘Let’s Talk’ on Sunday, the 25th October. The youth mental health seminar was organised by Macra in partnership with See Change, as part of our annual conference activities in the Rochestown Park Hotel last weekend.

Minister Lynch quoted Henry James and encouraged those in attendance to listen when needed and “be kind, be kind, be kind”.

The panel of speakers included Sorcha Lowery, See Change Campaign Manager; Ellen Downey, See Change Ambassador and Macra member; Paddy Hipwell, member of Macra’s Rural Youth committee and was chaired by Macra National President Seán Finan.

Macra na Feirme National President, Seán Finan said, “Mental Health difficulties affect inhabitants in every parish right across the country. A huge number of people take their own lives every year as they feel the burden of life is too much. Suicide is the leading cause of death among 18-25 year old men in Ireland and the second most common cause of death generally in this age group”.

At the end of the seminar, those in attendance wrote their negative thoughts on labels they attached to green balloons which they then released into the air outside the hotel entrance. This was a symbolic releasing of those negative thoughts.

Mr Finan continued, “Our members and organisation promotes positive mental health through involvement in our six key programme areas and in recent months members have received Safe TALK suicide awareness training. We also launched a positive mental health calendar in conjunction with Walk in My Shoes at the National Ploughing Championships. We will continue to highlight this important issue among our rural young people.”

Our positive mental health calendar is on sale on walkinmyshoes.ie and by calling 01 426 8900.