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Garda College Templemore Discuss Teen Health Issues

Templemore Garda Training College

Key health issues that are affecting thousands of teenagers in communities right across Ireland are to be addressed at a conference in Tipperary on February 19th next, hosted by the No Name Club, a leading national youth organisation.

Issues surrounding drugs and alcohol, substance misuse, bullying, mental awareness and road safety will be discussed at the No Name Club Eastern and Southern Region 2011 Conference tomorrow. Over 200 No Name Club hosts and hostesses from clubs in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny, Meath, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow are expected to attend the event at The Garda College, Templemore. on Saturday. Attending the event, Mr Noel Brett, chief executive officer of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) will speak with the young people on issues relation to driving and young adult road safety.

Mr Brett stated: “The aim of the Road Safety Authority is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number of collisions on Irish roads. Irish roads are safer than they have ever been, but there is still a long way to go. In 2010, 212 people died on our roads, that is 212 funerals that simply did not need to happen, leaving 212 devastated families and communities. Every death is preventable and we need the help and energy of young people to assist in preventing further deaths and devastating personal injuries on our roads.

Also at the event, Dr Brendan Byrne, teacher, guidance counsellor, researcher and author, who will make a presentation on bullying.

Also in attendance will be representatives from the Health Service Executive and An Garda Síochána who will facilitate workshops on drug and alcohol awareness, substance misuse, unsocial behaviour and mental awareness.

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