Kinsale Youth Support Services app launched

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

LAST Friday 7th April, a special launch was hosted by Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS), in Acton’s Hotel in Kinsale. KYSS launched a new app, which is based on their Mise ‘My Life’ booklet.

The app was launched by Sinead Glennon, Head of Mental Health Services, HSE Cork and Kerry. The launch took place in front of an assembled audience of youth and community leaders, Councillor Seamus McGrath, Mayor of County Cork, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD, Micheal Collins TD, Senator Tim Lombard, Councillor Kevin Murphy and Superintendent Liam Horgan were among the invited guests at the launch.

Alice de la Cour welcomed everyone on behalf of KYSS, and she gave a brief overview of what KYSS is about, and what it has achieved since it’s foundation in 2011. It was founded by Garda James O’Mahony, Juvenile Liaison Officer based in Bandon, to support young people, and promote positive mental health in the community. KYSS consists of a voluntary committee of 30 members, from a variety of backgrounds and professions.

Councillor Seamus McGrath, Mayor of County Cork, welcomed the new app, and he stated that it was important to focus on positive mental health, and not just to focus on physical health. He paid tribute to the voluntary committee members, commending their selfless sacrifice.

Michael Hynes 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 outlined that the app is free, and it is an emergency aid, in a crisis. It is there when you need it, and there is a direct link to the Samaritans helpline from the app.

Brendan Flaherty and Jason Nelligan, the two CIT students who developed the app, then spoke on the specifics of the app and its content. They highlighted that the app is available for free on Google Play App Store.

Sinead Glennon, Head of Mental Services, HSE Cork and Kerry then officially launched the app, as she paid tribute to the KYSS committee for creating a pragmatic, readable and usable booklet. She reflected that it is excellent to have it available as an app. She spoke on how the HSE seeks to support people in the community, in order to build their resilience.

James O’Mahony Chairperson of KYSS then spoke, and he thanked the HSE for their ongoing support and funding. This valuable funding has led to a youth community worker being employed for 20 hours a week in Kinsale. The youth worker, Tom Walsh spoke about his role in supporting young people and their families. He outlined how he provides a signposting service, and he gives people a listening ear when they need it most.

James O’ Mahony closed the event by saying that no one person has all the answers, but that together we can make a real difference.

To get the free app, just type in kyss into the search field, and click on the link.