Clonmel workshops and talks during Mental Health Week

Nest Space in Mitchel Street, Clonmel hosted a range of activities during Mental Health Awareness Week. From left, Rita Bourke, Kelley Lee, Catherine Starling, District Mayor Martin Lonergan, Geraldine Kelly, Caroline Kenny, Roisin OKane and Brigid Teehan.
Nest Space in Mitchel Street, Clonmel was created by a collaboration of Art Hive, Beehouse Arts, voluntary groups, Mental Health services, the community, friends and family.

Nest Space in Mitchel Street, Clonmel was created by a collaboration of Art Hive, Beehouse Arts, voluntary groups, Mental Health services, the community, friends and family.

It promoted awareness and provided information in a creative, social and enjoyable environment during Mental Health Awareness Week.

During the week people engaged with the Mapping Project (co-ordinated by Art Hive and Beehouse Arts) by responding to meaningful quotations, conversations and images and placing their contribution on a large hand-drawn map of Clonmel and surrounding areas. Craft students from C.I.T in Clonmel were on site for the week to experience the activities and assist with the Mapping Project.

Every day a variety of free workshops and talks were held including Laughter Yoga, Art Therapy, Drum Meditation, Music Healing Circle and Art and Meditation. An introduction to WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) was presented by two facilitators. There were also very moving talks and interactive discussions about mental health and recovery. SeeChange ambassador Nicola Hynds gave a very personal talk on her experience of mental health illness and was interviewed by Pat Kenny on Newstalk. Another special guest was Anne Foley (chairperson of Waterford/Wexford Mental Health Consumer Panel) who shared her experiences of mental health problems and her recovery. Other talks were held by representatives from Mental Health Ireland, Phrenz and the Irish Advocacy Network.

On World Mental Health Day, October 10 local DJ Billy Bop played a few tunes under the arches of the Main Guard. The South Tipperary Consumer Panel for Mental Health Services held a coffee morning and shared information, inviting new members to join a monthly panel meeting allowing people that use the mental health services, their families and friends to have a say regarding the service. More information is available at Facebook@South Tipperary Mental Health Consumer Panel.

The Nest Space had an electric atmosphere during the Chat and Share event, where Cluain Training Centre organised activities such as pottery, hair styling, nail bar and woodwork. New friendships and links were made as people from different walks of life and various support agencies came together to enjoy the benefits of Nest Space.

Thanks are extended to all who are generously facilitating the free activities, venue and supporting Nest Space by volunteering. Nest Space was part-funded by a HSE Lottery Grant and the County Arts Service. Thanks are also extended to STAN (South Tipperary Action Network for mental health), South Tipperary Mental Health Service, Mental Health Ireland, Vincent de Paul, Clonmel Scouts, The Valu Centre, Clonmel Junction Festival, Western Studio and Lesley Lynch.