Our time at Zeminar
Dervla Deacon, a Health Promotion Student in Waterford IT, who is working with ReachOut on her placement worked on our stand at Zeminar for the week.
2017 marked the second year of Zeminar, which took place in the RDS, Dublin, around World Mental Health Day in October. Dervla Deacon, a Health Promotion Student in Waterford IT, who is working with ReachOut on her placement worked on our stand for the week.
For those of you who haven’t been, Zeminar is a social enterprise dedicated to Generation Z, bringing young people and all those interested in the development and wellbeing of young people to one place.
There were many inspirational speakers throughout the three days, including the O’Donovan brothers and Blindboy Boatclub from the Rubberbandits, who shared their stories, each with a
desire to inspire the next generation.
There were also plenty of activities for everyone to get involved in, including ReachOut’s ‘what makes you smile?’ activity, together with youth organisational stands, music and sport stands and well-being workshops.
Mind hacks: Staying cool under pressure
ReachOut ran a workshop on stress management, which took place in a beautiful yurt.
Here, we discussed what is mental health and talked about a few of the main ways to
look after your mental health.
The young people really enjoyed the list race, where they learned that looking after your mental health doesn’t require a lot of money or any money at all.
Goal-setting was our main topic at this workshop, where we set a random goal as a group and then planned how we would achieve this goal by breaking it down into smaller steps. It really surprised everyone about
how easy it can be to make a goal achievable once a plan of action is put into place.
Chilling out with mindful colouring
We set up a mindfulness colouring space at the ReachOut stand with beanbags, colouring books and
pencils for the young people and volunteers to relax and take some time out.
It was a great way to unwind from the busyness and excitement going on around the venue and the young people really enjoyed this activity.