Kerry puts focus on mental health and wellbeing

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher (back, second from left) launched Kerry’s second Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest at Killarney House in the company of, in front, Rayla Tadjimatova and Mary Doherty and, at back from left, Pat O’Brien, Kerry Mental Health Association, Lorraine Bowler, Community Development Worker NEWKD, Donagh Hennebry, HSE, Deirdre Hegarty, Health and Wellbeing Officer, Kerry County Council and Mairead O’Sullivan, Education and Training Officer, South Kerry Development Partnership.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

HUNDREDS of people participated in Kerry’s first ever Health and Wellbeing Week last year and following its enormous success, an inter-agency committee, supported by the HSE and Kerry County Council, has organised an extended two-week long festival for this year.

Over 100 events are being arranged at locations across Kerry which will focus on and promote the positive mental health and wellbeing of citizens.

A walk in the park: At the launch in Killarney House and Gardens were Pat O’Brien, Kerry Mental Health Association, Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher, Lorraine Bowler, NEWKD, Donagh Hennebry, HSE, Deirdre Hegarty, Kerry County Council and Mairead O’Sullivan, SKDP

Featuring workshops, seminars, coffee mornings, film screenings and a wide range of activities, the event will coincide with the annual World Mental Health Day and it will run from October 5-19 at numerous locations across the county.

Everyone in the county is encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing and to encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available.

Among the highlights will be a screening of the film, My Other Life, a discussion on building resilience, workshops on workplace wellbeing, park runs, mindfulness, meditation and awareness sessions.

Launching the event, Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelleher, said the initiative will build on the positive feedback received for last year’s inaugural event.

“This is another very positive collaborative initiative between the HSE and Kerry County Council and it will, I hope, encourage everyone in the county to take the opportunity to focus mental health and wellbeing,” he said.

“So many local community, voluntary and sporting groups have come on board to host over 100 events. There are events in all parts of the county and I hope people will engage and get involved,” the mayor said.

Full details will be available in the coming weeks at public offices, local libraries, health centres and Family Resource Centres throughout the county as well as on the websites of the HSE and Kerry County Council and on www.healthykerry.ie.

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