Waterford News & Star — Mental health awareness event

The event will focus attention around mental health awarenes. Pic: Stock image


Waterford Disability Network will be holding a mental health awareness event in City Hall, Waterford, on Wednesday, November 29, at 7pm.

The event, which will be open to the public and free of charge to enter, will feature a number of guest speakers.

The line-up will include Ann Barron (Samaritans), Olivia Callery and John Dempsey (Pieta), Leslie Hughes (Laochas – the Warrior Soul Project), Sara Cassidy (Aiseiri), Michael Stafford (The Chapter Coach), Andy Kerrigan (Shine), Jennifer Davy (Wellbeing Warrior) and Sandra Crowley, who is Vice-Chairperson of Waterford Disability Network.

Speaking to the Waterford News & Star about the event, Sandra said it will follow on from a similar initiative last year that proved to be a great success.

While October is the annual mental health awareness month, the reality is that mental health issues don’t have a calendar to which they adhere to and Sandra highlighted that for many people Christmas can be a time of great stress and loneliness.

“We’ve particularly targeted young people and young adults this year too through schools and colleges,” she said.

“We did it last year and it was very successful and I wanted it to take place in November because it’s the run up to Christmas and that can be stressful for people and also a time of loneliness for others,” she added.

However, Sandra also emphasised that under the banner title of ‘Peace of Mind’, this year’s event will be aimed at portraying a very positive message.

There is a lot of access to services that the event organizers want to highlighted through the event.

“We decided as a board to do it every year so it will be an annual event now,” said Sandra, who also revealed she was approached by a number of different people, from a variety of organisations asking if the event is being held again this year, such was its success last year.

“It was something that we felt people did benefit from and we’re confident that people attending this year’s one will also go away having gained something positive from it,” she said.


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