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Castleblayney Student Named as Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader Ambassador

Our Lady’s Secondary School Castleblayney were delighted during the summer when 6th Year student Neasa Boyle was selected from hundreds of nominees as a Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader Ambassador. Neasa was one of the key people involved in the Student Committee who helped organise the The Cycle Against Suicide when Our Lady’s were selected as a host school for the event back in May. All the student ambassadors attended The annual Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader Ambassadors’ Retreat which took place in Kippure Estate, Co. Wicklow on Thursday and Friday, August 17th and 18th.

The Retreat, now in its fourth year, recognises students for their exceptional contribution to the area of mental health. The aim of the Student Leader Ambassador Programme is to harness the immense leadership potential of these young adults, and empower them to bring the Cycle Against Suicide message, “It’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help”, back to their schools and communities. The Student Leaders actively participate in all Cycle Against Suicide activities throughout the year.

Among the group of exceptional students, nominated by their schools and selected from hundreds of applicants, was Néasa Boyle of Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney. Néasa and her fellow Student Leader Ambassadors from all over the island of Ireland gathered to participate in the wide range of workshops, including Media Skills, Outdoor Pursuits, Team Building, Presentation Skills and Leadership Training.

As well as participating in workshops and presentations, students also collaborated to develop a theme for this year's Student Leaders' Congress, which will take place in Dublin in January 2018.

Link Teacher Grace Duffy said, 'It is a huge honour for Our Lady’s Secondary School to have a student selected for such a prestigious and worthwhile programme at a national level. We are immensely proud of Néasa’s achievement’.

Among the inspiring guests presenting at this year's Retreat were Kayleigh Cullinan, singer and Celebrity Operation Transformation Leader and Adam Weafer and David Crowley, actors on TV3 drama Red Rock.

Caption Neasa Boyle 6th Year Student at Our Lady’s who has been selected as Cycle Against Suicide Student Leader Ambassador, is pictured here at the front on the extreme right with the other student ambassadors. Neasa was selected to be part of this prestigious and exceptional group from among hundreds of nominees throughout the country.