In a first for Dungannon, a group of young men got together over the course of eight months to look into the mental health provisions available to young people.
The project, aptly named MEN–TELL HEALTH, involved the creation of a questionnaire which was distributed to 250 young people, the information was analysed and then a 40-page booklet produced which they hope will be distributed to youth organisations and GPs in the town.
David McCallister, one of the young men involved in the project, told the Times: “There was nine of us involved.”
Brought together by Dungannon Youth Resource Centre, he said: “Some of us came as volunteers and some of us came as young people.
“We all decided that mental health was the topic that we wanted to talk about. It’s something we had all come across.
“Mental health is a problem for all young people and it’s not really discussed much, and schools don’t as do much about it.”
The project was funded through the SELB and DSD.