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Get on board for youth mental health

get on board campaignWednesday 9 February, 2011 saw the launch of the brand new Get On Board for Youth Mental Health campaign, calling you to get youth mental health on the political agenda.

Joint campaign

The campaign, spearheaded by ReachOut.com along with Headstrong, Fóroige and BeLongTo, was launched to put young people directly in touch with their local candidates.

Issues that matter

We often hear politicians talking about the importance of investing in our country’s future. So we’re asking why issues that matter to younger people, like their mental health, rarely feature in political debates.

We want to make sure youth mental health becomes an issue that is talked about, not just by you, but also by your local representatives.

Campaigning elements

Get on Board for Youth Mental Health has two angles, aimed at both young people and election candidates:

•    Get On Board Online! – The hub of the campaign. Young people will be able to support the campaign and interact with candidates through an online map. Tweets and emails can be sent directly through the site. Videos and photos of every candidate that “gets on board”, as well as messages of support from well-known faces will be uploaded  so you can see exactly who’s supporting the campaign.

•    Get on Board the Bus! – Our campaign bus will be hitting the streets. Travelling to candidates around the country and ask them to ‘Get On Board’ with youth mental health – we might even play a little game of “Follow the Leader”! The open-top bus will be full of young people, a band and a camera crew and candidates will be invited on board to hear what young people have to say.

We want to ask every candidate in the country, be it on Facebook or on the doorstep: “What are you doing to get on board for youth mental health?”

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