On the 13th of October, myself and my TY year group went to a connect mental health day at the abbey hotel in Donegal town.
When we first arrived at the hotel, we were put into groups by a colour system. Myself and my friends were put in the black group and were mixed with other schools. Altogether there where 200-250 students attending this event. Before we started our activities we had a talk from Breifne Earley who cycled around the world to overcome his depression and poor mental health, he also made a list of things we had wanted to do or see in his lifetime.
For our first activity our group went downstairs to the Sky night club for a workout class to motivate the young people to get moving,energize and to promote fitness. Our dance instructor was called Teresa. She played music and showed us some simple moves to keep us fit and have fun while doing it. our whole group enjoyed this activity.
For our second activity our group went back up stairs to get a lecture on “The Power of Positive Thinking” by speaker Emily Whealan. Emily herself had suffered from depression but still suffers from anxiety. She spoke about many things such as how to change but to and. She also spoke about mental health and her own experience she had with it.
Our last talk before lunch was called jigsaw. Jigsaw provided us with mental health information and delivered a mental health talk-“It’s Time To Start Talking”. We then had lunch from 12:30pm to 1:20pm. After lunch we had a talk on how food affects our health and well-being and also had a food demonstration by chef and good food Guru Zach Gallagher.
Later on for our last activity, we had a type of yoga session. We were told to lie on the ground and just relax for the time we had left during our last activity. Our instructor later went on to say “by just relaxing it helps our mental health”.
At the end of the day we were given goodie bags with vouchers and snacks in them. Overall Myself and my TY year group enjoyed our connect mental health day in Donegal town that was hosted by Foroige and connect mental health. And was put together by Maura Gallagher. Mental health week was from the 8th to the 15th of October.