Longford teens launch suicide awareness project

Aoife Carberry

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Aoife Carberry

Longford teens launch suicide awareness project

This Monday, November 21 the Attic House Teen Project will be holding a live music night from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, where they will be launching HOPE wristbands, as part of their campaign for suicide awareness.

On the night, there will be an eclectic mix of young, aspiring artists performing such as Alex Sheridan, Taylor Byrne, Micheal Purcell, Laoise Mei and Kira Carberry.

The HOPE wristband is a suicide awareness campaign that was created by local students from Templemichael College and Meán Scoil Mhuire; Gabrielle Flynn, Faith Kelly, Nicole Bohan, Shannon O’Shea, Eireann O’Leary, Monta Jonusa and Zara Mir.

The girls have been working on the campaign for the past three months and have been supported in developing their campaign 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 have.

At the event there will be information on how to get help, how to help a friend and what supports are available.

This event is free of charge and is open to all attic members and parents. Refreshments will be provided on the night.