Derry Girls Star ‘Role Model’ for Young People

The star of the hit series said: “Mental health is such an important issue, especially amongst young people in Derry." Credit: Presseye

Straight-talking Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, who played wild-child Michelle Mallon in the hit Channel 4 comedy, has joined fellow Derry girls, and boys, to take part in a mental health programme.

The actor met pupils from Model Primary School in the city at the Bluebell Arts Project’s Issues in Your Tissues scheme, which promotes positive mental health.

The star of the hit series said: “Mental health is such an important issue, especially amongst young people in Derry.

“It was fantastic to see the brilliant work of the Bluebell Arts Project and how they manage to engage young people through music and drama to make them feel better about themselves.”

Jamie-Lee and the school children took part in a series of activities including dancing and role-playing aimed at exploring feelings and combatting negative thoughts.

Angie Gallagher, Arts Development Officer at the Bluebell Arts Project, says the star is a great role model for children here.

She said: “The success of Derry Girls was a great boost to the city and Jamie-Lee is a real role model for our young people.

"It was a pleasure to have Jamie-Lee with us and taking part in our Issues in your Tissues project."

Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, said: “The Bluebell Arts Project is a fine example of an organisation who use their funding to make a life-changing difference in their community.

“A total of £1 billion has been invested in more than 20,000 projects in Northern Ireland.

“Any project who has received National Lottery funding in the past, are eligible to enter the National Lottery Awards and I would urge anyone who wishes to be considered for this year’s awards to make sure their entry or nomination is completed before the 6 April deadline.”

  • Our Correspondent Mark McFadden went to meet the Derry Girls star