Young Social Innovators is a unique opportunity for Transition Year Students in Ireland to make a project to create awareness about a chosen social issue, thus attempting provoking change.
This year our team has decided to focus on the topic of Mental Health.
Mental Health is an indiscriminate issue that can affect anyone. For this reason, we as a group felt it was the most prominent social issue among teenagers today.
Instead of focusing on the darker and more depressing aspects of Mental Health, we decided to base the project around positive mental wellbeing.
We created the ‘Feel Good 5 A Day’, which are 5 steps a person can take daily in order to maintain positive mental wellbeing.
We assigned a colour to each of these 5 steps. Incorporating the colours was the best way to brighten up the topic that is often associated with sadness.
The steps include; Exercise, Mindfulness, Giving Back, Happiness and Communication.
These steps are vital for maintaining positive mental wellbeing, especially for students in Secondary school, who are most susceptible to poor mental health.
We also organised a ‘Feel Good Day’ in the school to spread awareness about our project. This was a massive success as we incorporated each of the steps from the ‘Feel Good 5 A Day’ into different aspects of the day.
An amazing €400+ was raised and donated to Mental Health Ireland from the day.
Our main objective is to make people aware of how to maintain positive mental health. If at least one person benefits from our campaigns it will have been worth it.