Mental health and substance misuse will be among the topics discussed by delegates to the annual general meeting of the Roscommon youth county council on Friday next (November 13th) – and the event will be held online for the first time.

Over 100 students from schools all over the county will attend the half-day Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg AGM, which will be officially opened by Collr Laurence Fallon, Cathaoirleach, Roscommon County Council. 

“Every year, our AGM focuses on a number of important topics, and this year we will hear presentations about the dangers of substance abuse and the importance of attending to your mental health,” said Caoimhe Leonard, Chairperson, Roscommon Comhairle na nÓg.

“We will have guest presentations from Yvonne Lowry of Jigsaw Roscommon and Nicole Ryan, whose brother Alex passed away in 2018 after taking a large dose of a synthetic drug. Nicole won the 2018 Munster Humanitarian of the Year award for her work in creating awareness of the dangers of drugs.

“Apart from their presentations, we will have group discussions, a raffle with some great prizes and a vote on the issues and topics that Roscommon Comhairle should focus on in 2021.”

Comhairle na nÓg are child and youth councils in the country’s 31 local authorities. They are designed to enable young people to make their views known on services, policies and issues that affect them in their local area.

“Comhairle na nÓg are a great way for young people to become actively involved in their own county. Our experience is that young people are highly motivated about issues and want to make a contribution,” added Molly.

“We would urge any young person who cares about Roscommon, and who wants to have a say in issues relating to our generation, to attend the AGM and to take part in what will be interesting and engaging discussions.”

Invitations have been sent to all schools in the county. The event will be hosted online on the platform due to the COVID-19 restrictions. 


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