Awareness of events programme will help us mind our mental health

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A mental health awareness programme commences in Clonmel on Thursday, April 10, organised by Grow in Ireland - Community Mental Health Movement.

A mental health awareness programme commences in Clonmel on Thursday, April 10, organised by Grow in Ireland - Community Mental Health Movement.

Spanning four weeks, the awareness events will see special guests visit Clonmel, and address various mental health issues.

The aim of the programme is to promote community awareness around how to mind your mental health, and to inform people about locally available supports.

“We live in a time when many of us are experiencing difficulties including financial, emotional, physical or psychological,” said a GROW spokesperson.

“Grow in the south east, in conjunction with the HSE, is presenting a programme of four, free, weekly, informative presentations, comprising an introduction to understanding and minding your mental health”.”

Former Mountjoy governor John Lonergan opens this series of presentations tonight (April 10) at 7.30pm at the Park Hotel Clonmel. John, who is from Bansha, is the current patron of Grow in Ireland and he will address various topics including how we each can make a difference to others, parenting and balancing our lives.

On Thursday April 17, therapist Derry O’Malley will talk about understanding your mental health; Linda Thorpe from Mental Health Ireland will focus on building resilience when she visits on Thursday, April 24; and in the final installment Christine Fitzgerald from Grow in Ireland, will speak about how the organisation works.

Places are limited so to reserve your free place contact 086 4673239 (Caroline Crotty)

or 087 2843424 (Mary Walsh) or email marywalsh@grow.ie

The event starts at 7.30pm each evening and lasts about two hours. Refreshments will be provided each evening. Certificates of attendance will be awarded on May 2014.

If you would like to promote your organisation/service at this event on May 1, please phone 086 467 3239.