Clonakilty Wellness Week in its third year and flourishing

Posted on: 8th February, 2016

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty Wellness Committee is currently putting together a great programme of events for Wellness Week, which this year takes place from Tuesday, May 3 to Saturday, May 7. This year the focus will be on all that is good about our local mental health service. Mental health services are continuously evolving and becoming more recovery-focused.

Wellness Week will provide a number of workshops on stress management, Christian meditation, nutrition, mindfulness, recovery stories and reflexology. Talks will be provided by a variety of mental health professionals and service users (Expert by Experience). There will also be an opportunity to hear about new developments, in particular ‘Open Dialogue’. This approach is currently been piloted in the Bantry Sector under Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Pat Backen. It is an approach that encourages family and social network involvement from the start.

The committee encourages involvement from the community to run workshops; over the past two years the Community Arts Centre, the Wheelchair Association and Tabour lodge are just a few of the groups that have been involved. If you are interested in running a workshop or want an opportunity to highlight an event, please contact Clonakilty Wellness Committee by emailing Adrienne.adams@hse.ie or Sandra.goldhawk@hse.ie. You can also contact them on 087 6599526.

The committee is very grateful for the support of SVP, Cork Mental Health Foundation, the HSE and Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce; in addition the generosity of the local community.

The Wellness Week annual coffee morning fundraiser is taking place on Sunday, March 6 in Clonakilty Parish Centre from 9am to 2pm. The theme is ‘The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’.  There will be face painting, a cake sale, raffle and local musicians, followed by upcoming Girl Band Dispersion.

‘There is no health without mental health – mental health is everybody’s business’.

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