Ask to fo­cus on stu­dent men­tal health through ‘Vent in the Tent’ fo­rum

Wexford People - - NEWS -

LEAV­ING CERT stu­dents in Wex­ford’s se­condary schools will have the chance to ‘Vent in the Tent’ on Fri­day when they at­tend a spe­cial men­tal health day, or­gan­ised by the Ask Cam­paign.

World Men­tal Health Day takes place on Oc­to­ber 10 and this year’s theme is ‘Young Peo­ple and Men­tal Health in a Chang­ing World’.

With this in mind, the Ask cam­paign was keen to fo­cus on the is­sues that af­fect ado­les­cents and young adults, and or­gan­ised for a range of speak­ers to take part in this event in the Spiegel­tent.

The fo­rum will give stu­dents a greater in­sight into men­tal health and ul­ti­mately re­in­force the con­cept that men­tal health is not some­thing to be afraid of dis­cussing, or some­thing to be ashamed of.

Guest speak­ers for the event will in­clude Se­nior child psy­chol­o­gist Peadar Maxwell who will speak on exam stress/anx­i­ety; Der­mot Rafter (be­hav­ior sup­port spe­cial­ist); so­cial me­dia blog­ger Rosie Con­nolly who will speak about the pres­sures around im­age and ex­pec­ta­tions of so­cial me­dia; and renowned Ir­ish co­me­dian Danny O’Brien will speak about the arts and anx­i­ety as­so­ci­ated with pub­lic speak­ing while putting a comedic slant on it.

Fi­nally, lo­cal woman Na­dine O’Brien will share her most dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence of los­ing a loved one by sui­cide and her sub­se­quent bat­tle with her own men­tal health.

There will be a cou­ple of other sur­prise guests also for the stu­dents on the day.

The event has reached full ca­pac­ity with 450 stu­dents due to at­tend.

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