Mental health top of 2022 agenda for Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg

Mental health for young people will be the key priority for Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg to work on in 2022 following the youth council’s AGM, which was held over Zoom on November 5th.

Comhairle na nÓg are local councils for children and young people, aged 12-17, that give them a voice on the development of local policies and services. They are the recognised key national structure for participation by children and young people in local decision-making in all 31 local authorities of Ireland.

As part of Roscommon Comhairle Na nÓg’s recent AGM, over 80 delegates from all nine post-primary schools in Roscommon participated in workshops on issues affecting young people in the county.

RCNN were delighted to use their AGM as the platform to launch their new ‘Things to do in Roscommon’ video. The video showcases some of the magnificent amenities County Roscommon has to offer and is the culmination of RCNN’s 2021 work topic: amenities for young people. The video is available to view on RCNN’s social media platforms.

The AGM was addressed by Cllr. Joe Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, and MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. Both gave inspiring speeches commending the work of Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg and urging young people to remain actively involved in community and civic life in Roscommon.

Trócaire’s Youth Development Education Officer, Denise Kiernan, presented a workshop on the ‘Theory of Change’. This informed the delegates about advocating for change ahead of discussing issues of importance to young people during the ‘World Café’ breakout room

Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg offered sincere thanks to all post-primary schools and youth organisations in Roscommon as well as guest speakers, Roscommon County Council and its members, and a host of other local services for their helping in facilitating the youth council’s efforts.