A group of teenagers from Cork in the Mayfield Youth Initiative have released a rap about their concerns relating to the high rates of teenage bullying, anxiety, depression and suicide in collaboration with Garry McCarthy from GMCBeats Workshops.
The rap was officially launched on May 24th and can be viewed here.
The group made up of Trisha Sexton (14), Paul Woods (17) and Shane Keane (20) wrote the rap and made an accompanying video which portray powerful messages from teens to teens and the wider community about the importance of reaching out and speaking out about mental health.
The group also designed and ran a Peer Education Workshop on bullying and depression among teenagers in St. Patrick’s College a few weeks ago.
Foróige Youth Officer Deirdre Dennigan works with the group. She said “The three-minute rap encourages teens to speak out as ‘you never know what's going on in someone else's head’.
“The group worked so hard writing the lyrics, coming up with the music, filming the video and designing the look and feel of the campaign. I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved. The rap and video showcases how amazingly talented these young people are whilst highlighting a crucial issue for them and their peers.”
The Rap, video and Peer Education piece were entered into the Aldi Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards on April 29th 2017 and won the ‘Ones To Watch’ award!!
For further information please contact:
Helena Clarke, Foróige Marketing Communications Officer
087 632 5138 / 01 630 1732
Foróige is the leading youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with over 50,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers annually, through a network of more than 600 youth clubs & cafés, 150 targeted projects and national programmes such as Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Health & Wellbeing, Citizenship and Entrepreneurship.