Ryan Crowley and Ethan Lawlor, students in Schull Community College organisers of the The Think Big Gig with songwriter Jamie Lawson and Joe O’Leary of Fred. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

THE recent Think Big Gig in Connolly’s of Leap in Cork hosted by two students from Schull Community College proved a great success.

The gig, put on by Ethan Lawlor and Ryan Crowley was headlined by Cork band Fred and included performances from Jamie Lawson and the B- Positives.

The Think Big Gig was organised to help promote the positive effect that music can have on young people’s mental health.

The gig was supported by funding from Think Big, a programme designed by O2 and Headstrong to enable young people do projects in their community that make a difference to young people’s mental health.

Organiser Ethan Lawlor said, “The event was organised, run by and for young people something we are very proud of.

“Music has such a massive impact on the lives of young people and this concert shows that young people can proactively look out for one-and-others mental health.

“The line up here today is fantastic and the plan is for everyone to have a great day and leave in such a good mood”

According to a recent “ My World Survey” released by Headstrong music is one of the most effective coping mechanisms for young people when looking after their mental health.

Nuala Smith, Think Big coordinator for Headstrong said, “ Ethan and Ryan are making a really positive impact on the young people in their community.

“So far over 160 Think Big projects have been approved and show that young people are committed to changing how we think about mental health in Ireland”.

Since November 2012 Think Big have approved more than 175 projects, initiated and led by young people (between the ages of 14 and 25) across Ireland.

Through these projects young people promote positive mental health for their peers in their communities, schools or colleges.

For more information on Think Big visit www.o2thinkbig.ie.