Awards for pho­tog­ra­phy from Men­tal Health Ire­land

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

JOSH Byrne from New Court School in Bray and Re­becca Cana­van from Wick­low Youthreach were among those to re­ceive recog­ni­tion of their tal­ents in a na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

Over 1,800 Ir­ish stu­dents let their cre­ative skills shine fol­low­ing a call for en­tries into Men­tal Health Ire­land’s art and pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

The theme of the com­pe­ti­tion was ‘Five Ways to Well­be­ing’ which are; be ac­tive; con­nect; take no­tice; keep learn­ing; and­give.

This year, Men­tal Health Ire­land was de­lighted to open up the com­pe­ti­tion to more stu­dents around Ire­land, in­clud­ing Youth Reach, Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion, and Post Pri­mary schools.

Josh was awarded sec­ond place for his pho­tog­ra­phy en­try, while Re­becca Cana­van was highly com­mended for her pho­tog­ra­phy piece.

Martin Ro­gan, CEO Men­tal Health Ire­land said, ‘The grow­ing num­ber of en­tries to this year’s Art and Pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion is a re­flec­tion of the grow­ing aware­ness of men­tal health and well-be­ing from the young peo­ple of Ire­land.

‘The com­pe­ti­tion of­fers stu­dents the space to express their own thoughts and un­der­stand­ing of men­tal health as well as their hopes for the fu­ture of men­tal health for them­selves and for those around them. The theme, “Five Ways to Well­be­ing”, em­pow­ers stu­dents to ed­u­cate them­selves and their peers on how to put sim­ple steps into action ev­ery day to feel good and to func­tion well.

‘The cal­i­bre of work this year, as al­ways, was very high. This year, we were de­lighted to keep in­clu­sive­ness at the heart of the com­pe­ti­tion by invit­ing new cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Youth Reach and Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents. As a re­sult, we were able to open up the scope of creativ­ity, and show­case more tal­ent than ever before.’

The ex­hi­bi­tion and award cer­e­mony took place in St Patrick’s Cathe­dral.

Men­tal Health Ire­land had the sup­port of es­teemed artist Lisa But­terly in se­lect­ing the win­ning en­tries for Art and sup­port from Ros­aleen Heavin for Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Last year’s Na­tional Win­ners Jonathon O’Ke­effe (Art) and Mar­cus Prouse (Pho­tog­ra­phy) were also in­vited to at­tend the event.

Men­tal Health Ire­land is now call­ing out to stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents to get in touch about next year’s com­pe­ti­tion, which is open for en­tries this Septem­ber.

For queries and in­for­ma­tion on the 2020 Art and Pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion, con­tact [email protected]­tal­healthire­land.ie

CEO Men­tal Health Ire­land presents an award to Re­becca Cana­van.

Martin Ro­gan, CEO Men­tal Health Ire­land presents an award to Josh Byrne

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