Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg - DVD Launch & Music Showcase

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Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg are launching their DVD on Mental Health “Dare to Talk” as part of a music event “Dare to Listen”  in The Academy 2, Middle Abbey Street on Saturday 28th September from 2-5pm. The DVD will be launched by Dr. Tony Bates the founder of Headstrong - The National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland and will be followed by a music showcase event which will highlight the importance of music to young people’s Mental Health.

Young emerging bands Spielberg, Hidden Plans, Clover Coast, LessThanFour, Bagels and 48 Hours will entertain invited guests while organisations Spunout, Reachout and Teenline will provide information to young people on how to look after their Mental Health and the support that is available to young people going through a hard time.

Speaking at the launch Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Henry Upton said “This event today organised by the elected Comhairle members is a fabulous example of young people taking action to help themselves”.

Since their AGM in 2012 mental health has been the main focus Comhairle members have worked on. It is hoped that the DVD will be a resource for young people, schools, youth services and community groups to support young people in maintaining good mental health. The DVD comprises of 5 different clips which highlight the importance of communication including a song written by members entitled “Tunnel Lights”.

Notes to the Editor:
Comhairle na nÓg (youth councils) were established in 2002 by the 34 City and County Development Boards (CDBs) in each local authority area, as part of the response to the National Children’s Strategy (2000) which identified that children & young people should have a voice in matters that affect them, they should be consulted where appropriate and have a right to have their say.
Comhairle’s purpose is to give young people an opportunity to participate in influencing local policy, planning and decision making as well as being a mechanism for consultation. They are recognised as the official structures for participation by children and young people in the development of policies and services.