Over 120 young people and parents gathered in the Attic House Teen Project on Monday, November 21 for the launch of the HOPE wristband suicide awareness campaign.
Created by Templemichael College and Meán Scoil Mhuire students Gabrielle Flynn, Faith Kelly, Nicole Bohan, Shannon O’Shea, Eireann O’Leary, Monta Jonusa and Zara Mir, the project launch was the culmination of three months of hard work, supported by Longford Youth Bank.
The group feel strongly about the issue of teen suicide and wished to develop an initiative to help create awareness.
The 'HOPE' slogan stands for 'Hold On Pain Ends', and the girls believe that promoting positive messages is key in helping to encourage young people to talk about any mental health issues they may be experiencing.
On the night, there were guest speakers from the HSE and local authority as well as magnificent performances from the Attic music group. An eclectic mix of young aspiring artists performed for the occasion, including Alex Sheridan, Taylor Byrne, Michael Purcell, Laoise Mei, Kira Carberry, Adam Fenelon, and Katie O’Driscoll.
To compliment these lovely performances, local man Joe Reilly also gave a sneak preview of his track 'Little Things', which will be soon released with all proceeds going to charity.
The girls' health and wellbeing group would like to extend their sincere thanks to everyone who attended the successful launch.
“We want to thank our guest speakers, the Attic music group, the Attic House volunteers, Gabriel Drabik, and Longford Youth Bank, without whom this campaign would not be possible,” a spokesperson for the group added.
For more information on the wristband campaign you can contact Avril Gilchriest on 0867945677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.