A corner of the University of Limerick campus turned orange as Cycle Against Suicide held the launch of its Student Leaders’ Congress. The event will attract over 6,000 second level students and teachers to the University of Limerick Arena on the 18th and 19th of January.
The 2017 Congress is booked out. This will be the fifth annual Student Leaders’ Congress and the first to be held outside Dublin. The aim of the event is to promote positive mental health and help-seeking behaviour in young people.
The launch was supported by a group of ambassadors who showcased the best of the region. There was a sporting theme as All-Ireland winning Tipperary hurler Noel McGrath, Ireland women’s rugby Grand Slam winner and refereeing pioneer Joy Neville and Munster rugby players Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey gave their support.
Representing the schools were students Robyn Cleary, Isabelle Luff, Clodagh Harrington and Ciara Koenig from Villiers School in Limerick, along with the school’s chaplain and counsellor Jackie McNair.
Also in attendance were staff of the University of Limerick including Deputy Admissions Officer Joachim Barnett and the Students’ Union were represented by President Sarah Dunphy and Academic Officer Donal Foley.
Cycle Against Suicide CEO Paul McBride explained, “Our vision as a movement is together to create a society where it’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help. Events such as the Congress offer a significant opportunity to normalise the conversation around mental health.”