The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan at the launch of Teen Talk 2020 at Cork County Hall, with Grace O’Rourke and Graham McCormack, motivational speakers, and students Molly Doherty and Orlaith Holden from St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom and Sinead Murray and Adam Toussifar from Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Dunmanway. (Picture: Brian Lougheed)

There has never been a more important time for teenagers to talk to their parents and their peers.

An upcoming series of events to be held in March and April are specially tailored for TY students – in the region of 1,500 Transition Year students from 50 schools expected to attend the Teen Talk events.

For the first time in its history, Teen Talk will also host a series of “Gen Z” evening events to support parents in their efforts to better communicate with their teenagers. Speakers will address the most significant issues currently affecting young people.

A recent study found that the number of teenagers reporting severe anxiety has doubled from 11% to 22% in the past decade.

Health and wellbeing

The Teen Talk events are held annually to promote health and wellbeing amongst transition year students, with a particular emphasis on mental health.

Inspirational speakers will address the TY students on the topics of nutrition, fitness, personal wellbeing and mental health, by giving accounts of their own life experiences. 

A counselling service is also provided, with information available from Healthy Ireland and other local service providers.

Organised and co-ordinated by Cork County Council and funded by Healthy Ireland through the Local Community Development Committees – the events will take place in Charleville on March 26th, Little Island, Cork on March 31st and Bantry on April 2nd.

The events are for attendance of all Transition Year students in Cork. Registration details for the parent and teacher evening events will be circulated at a later date.