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Fingal’s Comhairle na nÓg creates short film raising awareness of men’s mental health and body image

Fingal’s Comhairle na nÓg launched a short film that the group developed to highlight mental health and body image among young men in the Atrium in County Hall on Tuesday, 9 October.

The title of the film is ‘Perfect Imperfections’ and it will be distributed across Fingal and promoted at the national Comhairle Showcase event in November.

The film explores mental health and male body image. These issues were identified as being significant among young men at the 2016 Comhairle AGM.

The Fingal Comhairle has been working on developing the project over the past eighteen months. By carrying out research and conducting group workshops and discussions with Jigsaw D15 (youth mental health support organisation) and Bodywhys (The Eating Disorder Association of Ireland) Fingal Comhairle na nÓg has discovered the need for the issues to be highlighted.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin said: “I’m delighted to see young people of Fingal proactively highlighting the issue of mental health among young men. I would also like to commend them in their leadership and creativity in doing so through the creation of such an important film.”

Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “Given we have the youngest and fastest growing population in the country, initiatives that highlight and support the issue of mental health and body image among young men are essential to supporting the well-being of our residents. I look forward to seeing this short film and would also like to congratulate Fingal’s Comhairle na nÓg for their valuable efforts in raising awareness of this issue.”

Fingal’s Comhairle na nÓg has worked with film maker Gerard Walsh and Producer Liz Kenny over the past few months to produce this piece of work which was filmed on location in Fingal.

Chairperson of Fingal Comhairle na nÓg, Vlad Andriesii said: “Our comhairle has embraced their perfect imperfections with a short film on male body image and acceptance as we feel that it is important to raise awareness of these important issues affecting young people in Fingal.”

As well as being distributed to schools and youth organisations across Fingal, it will be available to the 30 other Comhairlí across the country.

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