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On the 6th of November, 2015 Mike O’Sullivan visited Scoil Pól to give a presentation to all the years. Some years got a presentation on bullying and some years got presentations on mental health. The Transition Year students got the mental health presentation as we had already received the bullying presentation in a previous year. It was very inspiring and reassuring and I felt that it was truly beneficial for both students who suffer from mental health problems as it showed them that in the end it will be ok and that you should not lose hope and for students who do not suffer from mental health problems it gave them perspective and an insight into what mental health issues are like which helps them to be more understanding and sensitive. Below is a description of the performance from the Humour Fit website (humourfit.ie):

“Joe O Brian is having a bad day. He has no idea that he is suffering from depression. A number of simple events cause him to feel that he is a burden to those he cares about most. He has no idea he is suffering from stress and depression but thoughts about not fitting in have crossed his mind recently. It is like he cannot see the future and his mind becomes more and more confused. As often happens a series of unfortunate events trigger a dark state of thought and that evening he decides to swallow an amount of tablets.

As he lays in bed he begins to dream and while doing so he meets his alter ego, in other words himself, but in the guise of a more confident arrogant person named Zalic who takes him on a trip through the life he 'could' have lived showing him all the positive events that make any average person’s life worthwhile. Zalic taunts him with the notion of love, hopes and dreams that we all begin life with and tells him how this will never come to pass because of his bad decision. As he listens he clearly sees a picture emerging and he 'wants' life realising that this is not the way to go. The audience are given the choice. Let him live or die.

In the end Joe survives and realises the importance of communicating with others when you feel down and cannot explain why.”

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