The sixth Annual Arklow Youth Mental Health Week will take place from October 12th to 16th 2015.
Arklow Youth Mental Health Week aims to promote positive mental health awareness and emotional literacy, help reduce stigma and encourage help seeking behaviour. The week will provide a broad and varied schedule of events aimed at young people aged 12-18 years attending the four secondary school settings and Youthreach in Arklow.
The theme for 2015 will be ‘Dignity and Mental Health’. Workshops and presentations will be provided for all students and this year will include topics from Bullying, Sleep, Drugs and Alcohol Awareness and Mindfulness to the importance of Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Body, Suicide Awareness, Positive Psychology and Music.
The Opening Ceremony will take place in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Monday October 12th and will feature live contributions from all the local Post Primary Schools. The Key Note Address will be delivered by Psychologist Shane Martin of Moodwatchers The now hugely popular Closing Ceremony, ‘The Big Sing’ will also take place in the Arklow Bay Hotel on Thursday October 15th where choirs, orchestras, soloists and bands from all the primary and secondary schools in Arklow will come together to perform, listen and relay the message that music and singing are good for your mental health!
Plans and scheduling for this exciting local initiative will again be achieved through the collaboration, hard work and dedication of a committee established in association with; Arklow Springboard, HSE Arklow Primary Care Clinical Psychology Team, Arklow Local Education Committee, East Wicklow Youth Service, Arklow Mental Health Association, Arklow Community Policing Unit, Mental Health Ireland, Arklow Community Action Resource Centre. This committee was nominated as finalists at the 2012 National LAMA Awards in two categories; Best Community Based Initiative and Best Educational Initiative of the Year.
Findings of a recent extensive research evaluation of this annual event using qualitative and quantitative analyses, in 2013, revealed the hugely positive and beneficial effects of this initiative, as rated by students and stakeholders alike.
All concerned are very much looking forward to this week of events!