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"Journey through the Brain" launched by RCSI

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Journey through the Brain


"Journey through the Brain" colouring book launched by RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) which promotes young people to talk about mental health and the brain. The colouring book entitled ‘journey through the brain', which deals with the brain and its relationship with mental health in an accessible manner, will be launched at RCSI this morning by the Minister for Mental Health and Older People.

'journey through the brain' can easily be used at school in a classroom environment by teachers or at home by young people themselves. The act of colouring can have beneficial effects on people's sense of well-being. It can induce a state of calmness and mindfulness.

‘journey through the brain' does a number of things:

  • It outlines key research findings about the brain in short and simple language, ensuring it is accessible to all second-level students
  • Through art, it illustrates some important aspects of the brain using visual images to represent complex structures, mechanisms, and connections within the brain
  • As an interactive book, students are encouraged to colour in the pictures, engaging them to think creatively about the brain


Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive at the Health Research Board (HRB) said, "This colouring book shows that research and creativity do go hand-in-hand. The purpose of our KEDS awards is to share research with a wider audience and apply new learning in practice - the journey through the brain book has achieved this magnificently."

The book will be available to download from the RCSI website ( and copies will be distributed to second level schools throughout Ireland.

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