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Fest to highlight five ways to wellbeing

At the launch of the Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest were Deirdre Hegarty, Healthy Kerry Coordinator, Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, Geraldine O’Sullivan, Manager, Kerry Volunteer Centre, Donagh Hennebry Chair of Inter-agency Steering Committee and Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention and John Drummey, Kerry Mental Health Association.
Picture: Pauline Dennigan

AN exciting programme of free events for the 2021 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest has been launched with a range of activities to suit all ages to take place from October 9-16.

The key focus of the #KerryMHWFest is to promote mental health and wellbeing in the county through a fun and interactive programme of online and in-person events.

The event aims to create awareness of what is known as the Five Ways to Wellbeing – Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, who launched this year’s event, said the past 18 months, more than any other time, has taught people to mind their mental health.

“I’m encouraging everyone in the county to take time out to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing. We should also encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available,” he said.

Organised by an inter-agency steering group, the Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest is held annually to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10.

The Chair of the Steering Committee and Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention in Kerry, Donagh Hennebry, said he is grateful to the many people who have put their names forward to host a range of fun and interactive events that will promote mental health and wellbeing in Kerry.

“The emphasis on community and the role that we can all play in ensuring our own mental health, and that of our friends and family, is strong. Many events are online again this year due to Covid, but this gives us an opportunity to widen our reach to welcome festival-goers to enjoy a virtual experience from afar,” he stated.

The organising committee is a collaboration between Connecting for Life Kerry, Healthy Kerry, Kerry County Council, the HSE, NEWKD, SKDP, Kerry Mental Health Association, Jigsaw Kerry, Munster Technological University Kerry and the Kerry Volunteer Centre.

All events are free, registration is essential and it can be done by contacting the organiser of that event directly or use the registration links provided in the brochure. Visit HealthyKerry.ie to see the full event schedule.