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Sign up now for SpunOut.ie's mental health writing workshop

Join us on Saturday 29th February for this exciting free event!


Written by Heather Barry and posted in news


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On Saturday 29th February, SpunOut.ie is running a mental health writing workshop.

The workshop will focus on best practice when talking about mental health as well as why reducing the stigma around mental health and sharing your story is so important. Aine O’Meara from Headline along with Abigail McDonnell and Shauna O'Connor from See Change will deliver this part of the workshop.

The second part of the workshop will focus on writing skills so you feel comfortable sharing your stories, opinions or advice. We’ll focus on how best to structure an article so it’s engaging for the reader, tips for making your article easy to follow, as well as using plain English in your writing so everyone can read it.

The workshop is for anyone aged 16-25 and living in Ireland. The event is free but space is limited so best to book your spot soon.

What are the details for the day:

  • What date? Saturday 29th February 2020
  • Where? SpunOut.ie Office, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
  • What time? 11am - 4pm
  • What to bring? Just yourself and a notebook/pen or laptop to take notes
  • Who is this workshop for? This is open to anyone aged 16-25 and living in Ireland
  • Will lunch be provided? Yes lunch is provided on the day

Who are the speakers?

Aine O’Meara - Headline

Aine O’Meara from Headline will run an interactive session on best practice when talking about mental health as well as appropriate language and tone to use. Aine will also provide some tips on what to do if approached by the media to share your mental health stories.

Headline is Ireland’s national programme for responsible reporting, and representation of mental illness and suicide. 

Shauna O'Connor and Abigail McDonnell - See Change

Abigail is a See Change Ambassador and a new member of SpunOut.ie’s Action Panel. She is an advocate for mental health awareness and shares her mental health journey online. Shauna is the Partner and Volunteer Support Officer in See Change. Abigail and Shauna will be focusing on why it’s important to reduce the stigma around mental health and why it’s important to share your own story.

See Change’s vision is that of an Ireland where every person has an open and positive attitude to their own and others' mental health.

Heather Barry - SpunOut.ie

Heather is the Skills Development Officer with SpunOut.ie. She helps SpunOut.ie volunteers write articles for the Opinion section on the website. Heather works closely with the volunteers to help them develop their article ideas, structure their piece and edit the articles so they’re ready to be posted on SpunOut.ie

SpunOut.ie aims to share young people's lived experiences, opinions and advice as we believe young people can help support each other. 

Sign up now for the workshop

Are there any costs involved?

The event is free, but places are given on a first come, first served basis. If you’re interested in attending this event, you can sign up here.

If you are travelling from outside of Dublin, we will be able to cover the cost of transport to and from the event.

Sign up now for the workshop or email heather@spunout.ie if you have any questions

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Published Feb­ru­ary 11th2020
Last updated Feb­ru­ary 26th2020
Tags workshop mental health stigma
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