As part of Cycle Against Suicide’s partnership with Youth Work Ireland, we were delighted to have an active involvement at the recent Irish Youth Music Awards, which were held at the Aviva Stadium.
The Awards featured performances from some of Ireland’s youngest and brightest musical talent and was also an opportunity for us to reach an even wider audience of young people with our vital message that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help’.
Cycle Against Suicide had a stand at the Awards, which was manned by our team members, Kenneth Gleeson, Dermot Wheatman, Colin Bradley and Peter Maher. CEO of Cycle Against Suicide, Maghnus Collins, also spoke to a large crowd about the work we do, tackling the stigma associated with the open discussion of mental health, and how Youth Work Ireland has assisted us in those efforts.
As evidenced by the Student Leaders’ Congress in January, young people are most receptive to our cause and truly identify with the Cycle Against Suicide message. This was further reinforced at the IYMAs, as Maghnus received a very positive response from those in attendance.
There was even a prelude of what’s to come at the 2015 Cycle Against Suicide Student Leaders’ Congress, as the winners of Best Band and Best Song at the IYMAs were also announced as one of the main acts at next year’s Congress. The Left Backs are a teenage four-piece from Belfast and are sure to wow the audience at the 2015 schools’ event. Looking forward to seeing you there lads!
A big thank you to Youth Work Ireland for having us at the Aviva Stadium and for their ongoing support of Cycle Against Suicide. To read more about the Irish Youth Music Awards, click here.