50 Ty students went to the Abbey hotel in Donegal Town on Thursday the 13th of October. We were invited to a Connect mental health workshop along with 200 other students from different schools throughout Donegal.
First thing we listen to Bresse Earley give a talk on his mental health. Bresse talked about his attempt of suicide but he didn’t go through with it because of a 10 year anniversary of his cousin how passed away at 12 due to cancer. He was fed up of living a life of a regret so he wrote out a list of things he wanted to do in the upcoming year. When his first year was over he dint want to give up so he heard about a cycle around the world for suicide and he did it took him 14 months but he said it was the best experience of his life and he even wrote a book about it.
At 10:30 we were but into groups, I was in group purple. We were doing yoga first. The women how down it with us had been in a car crash 9 years ago and lost feeling to her arm since then she has had 8 operations and is having her last one this year. What helped her get through the past few years was yoga and to take time out for herself and not to think of anything to let her mind relax. She told us every day for at lest 5 minutes to turn of our phones and get away from any distractions and just relaxed.
We then watched a chef cook at chicken stir fry. After the stir fry we went down to the night club Sky and Theresa did so dancing with us. Theresa told us to be our self and don’t worry what others think of you.
Straight after lunch group purple had to talks one about jigsaw.
Jigsaw Donegal provides a free and confidential support service for young people aged 15 – 25, with a drop-in centre on Pearse Road in Letterkenny.
As part of the national Jigsaw network supported by headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, Jigsaw Donegal aims to make sure that young people’s voices are heard, and that they get the right support, where and when they need it. Jigsaw Donegal is a partnership between Headstrong, HSE and The Alcohol Forum.
Our final talk was about being positive and if you have a goal don’t let anyone stop you.
At the end of the day we were giving a goody bag with a bar and tokens in it.
It was really worth going to the workshops today and I learn’t a lot.