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Mental health app launched in Kinsale

April 18th, 2017 5:10 PM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Developers Brendan Flaherty and Jason Nelligan at the launch of the Kinsale Youth Support Services phone app with Cork County Mayor Seamus McGrath.

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AN App developed by Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS), based on their Mise ‘My Life’ booklet will allow users to have permanent access to vital information on mental health and the services available to them.

This informative app was launched by Sinead Glennon, Head of Mental Health Services with HSE Cork and Kerry at Acton’s Hotel last Friday in front of an audience of youth and community leaders and local politicians.

County Mayor Seamus McGrath paid tribute to the voluntary work of those involved in the KYSS and those that helped in creating this app, which promotes
positive mental health.

‘I’m delighted to be here today and pay tribute to Gda James O’Mahony who is one of the leading forces involved in the work here and also thank the two CIT students who developed the app. 

If nothing else this app does send out the message that there is support out there,’ said Cllr McGrath.

Michael Hynes, a local GP and KYSS committee member, detailed the work that went into the creation of the Mise ‘My Life’ booklet, which was distributed to 7,000 homes in the local area.

 He also outlined that the app is free to download and it is an emergency aid in a crisis and pointed out that there is a direct link to the Samaritans helpline from the app.

The app was developed by two 4th year Multimedia students in CIT, Brendan Flaherty and Jason Nelligan, who told the audience that they enjoyed working on the app and they went through the specifics of the app and its content.

Sinead Glennon paid tribute to the KYSS committee for creating a pragmatic, readable and usable booklet and said it was excellent to have it now available as an app.

James O’Mahony, Chairperson of KYSS also spoke and thanked the HSE for their ongoing support and funding. 

The Mise ‘My Life’ app is available for free on Google Play App Store. Just type ‘kyss’ in the search field and click on the link.

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