Captain Paul leads Kerry campaign for wellness

Kerry captain Paul Murphy with his dog, Freddie, at the launch of the campaign in Killarney National Park

KERRY captain Paul Murphy, Ireland rugby captain Ciara Griffin, former Kerry ladies skipper Anna Galvin and world champion rower Monika Dukarska are all lining out for a new campaign to promote a Kerry Mental Health Association’s wellness campaign.

They are joined by journalists Paschal Sheehy and Katie Hannon, broadcasters Brian Hurley and Leanne Hanafin, Joanne Barry from Siamsa Tíre and Cian O’Flaherty of the Spark Society at the Munster Technological University.

They have each recorded a short video in which they shared a way to wellbeing that works for them to help keep their mental health in check.

The 5 Ways To Wellbeing videos can be viewed across Kerry Mental Health Association’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms.

Kerry Mental Health Association’s primary objective is to benefit the community through the promotion of the general welfare of people with mental health challenges, including mental illness, and to support these people, their families and carers.

At the launch were, from left, broadcaster Brendan Fuller, Joanne Barry from Siamsa Tíre, Kerry captain Paul Murphy, with his dog Freddie, John Drummey, Kerry Mental Health Association;and Finbarr O’Donovan, TV, Radio and New Media student at Munster Technological University.
Pictures: Domnick Walsh

General Manager of Kerry Mental Health Association, John Drummey, remarked: “Wellbeing is when you’re feeling good and functioning well. It’s not just about being in good physical condition but it crucially includes the state of your mental health.

“If your mind is not in a good place, there can be a series of knock-on effects that will impact the quality of your overall wellbeing. Sometimes we look to others for inspiration”.

He added: “We are grateful to the men and women from the worlds of media, sport, theatre, and business who generously gave their time to share some ways to wellbeing that work for them to help keep their mental health in check.”

The video project, which has been supported by Mental Health Ireland, was produced and edited by Finbarr O’Donovan, a third year student of TV, Radio and New Media at Munster Technological University in Tralee.

The nine Kerry Mental Health Association branches empower people in communities to take control of their lives and to make the right decisions to help protect their mental and physical health.