The B!G Idea Dashboard > Team > DDRC – Calasanctius College

Why as a team did you choose to focus on this challenge?

We believe Mental Health is an extremely important and overlooked subject that has affected many students in Ireland. Students who experience positive mental health are resilient and better able to learn, resolve problems better, develop psychologically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, spiritually, build healthy inter-personal relationships and achieve success.

What do you know now about the challenge that you didn't know before?

We now know that mental health is a worldwide problem with serious consequences such as suicide. Suicide in Ireland has the 17th highest rate in Europe and the 4th highest for the males aged 15–24 years old which was a main contributing factor to the improvement of suicides in Ireland. We all know personally of a friend that we have lost through suicide, and we have all seen the effects it has had on the people left behind.

What have you learnt about your Hero?

Our hero is someone with the loss of a loved one due to suicide. Our hero has faced many obstacles mentally after the loss. Our hero is eager to spread awareness and connect with others who have been affected by loss due to suicide.

If you could improve one thing for your Hero what would that be?

I would improve the knowledge of suicide for irish citizens and spread awareness. I

Do you have any ideas for a potential solution? No matter how raw, share them with your Mentors for feedback.

Our solution we are currently looking at is a digital experience advertisement. So it would be a virtual message with animation that brings a rush of emotions to people watching rather than a boring old book or app. It would be a short video advertisement but the message will come across and leave the viewers with a pit on stomach.

Ask your Mentor anything …. This is a chance to ask your Mentors a direct question relating to your Big Idea.

Do you think this will be succesfu;?