Think Big launched

a MENTAL health awareness project at the Craóbh Rua Community Youth Project in Muirhevnamor was officially launched on Friday last.

a MENTAL health awareness project at the Craóbh Rua Community Youth Project in Muirhevnamor was officially launched on Friday last.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald was in Dundalk to officially launch the project, entitled ‘Our Space’, which involved the transformation of a room at Craóbh Rua into a sanctuary space for some of the young people of Muirhevnamor.

The room aims to offer young people a quiet and safe space to go to and seek advice, and to take time out of the stresses of everyday life.

It was developed by Dubhaltach Mulvenna from Dundalk, a trainee youth worker in Craóbh Rua, with funding and support from Think Big – a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, to enable young people to do projects in their community that will make a difference to young people’s mental health.

Dubhaltach said: “The project came about when we decided we wanted to do something to help young people in the area deal better with the stresses they face.”