West Cork celebrates World Mental Health Day

Posted on: 8th October, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Cork Poet Louis de Paor inaugurating the mural of Sean O’Riordan in the courtyard at 49 North Street. Pic: Richie Tyndall

World Mental Health Day will be celebrated around the world on October 10.

Since 2011, West Cork Mental Health Services (WCMHS) and partners (including The National Learning Network, Co Action, Rehabcare) have hosted The West Cork Feelgood Festival, a programme of mental health themed events throughout the month of October. In previous years the festival highlighted activities and initiatives that have been proven to contribute towards positive mental wellbeing.

This October, there are a number of events taking place in West Cork in celebration of World Mental Health Day.

Skibbereen’s 49 North Street has a full programme of events on October 10, from 10am to 9pm. Just some of the events include ‘Good Food, Good Mood’, a focus on how what we eat effects our bodies and our mood with Jacques Brennan, author of Hungry Soul Cookbook. ‘Fite Fuaite Pop-Up Gaeltacht’ will gather for some craic and conversation ‘as Gaeilge’. Absolute beginners are absolutely welcome! There will also be a number of short films shown in the afternoon all relating to the topic of wellbeing. ‘Silver Strands’ is a short film documented by Alison Glennie in collaboration with Fintan McKahey and ‘An Open Door’ directed by Aoise Tutty, produced by Tamlyn Griggs explores the importance of new approaches to mental health services within Ireland by shining a light on Skibbereen’s 49 North Street. A walking meditation through the labyrinth and gardens of Skibbereen hospital campus also takes place in the afternoon. And those are just some of the events taking place on 49 North Street on October 10. All events are free!

As the physical hub of the Wellbeing Network, 49 North Street adds some new regular activities to the space from October 10. With everything from Mindful Movement, songwriting workshops, connection and conversation through Irish language and more, there’s something for everyone at 49 North Street.

Underpinning all of these events and activities, the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by The New Economics Foundation (NEF) sets out simple actions you can do in your everyday life to feel good and function well.

The 2008 publication drew on state of the art research about mental wellbeing throughout life. Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish.

• Connect. With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours…

• Be active. Go for a walk or run. Step outside…

• Take notice. Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful…

• Keep learning. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest…

• Give. Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile…

WCMHS are delighted to partner with Healthy Ireland and The National Learning Network in the recently launched Wellbeing Network, a community-based initiative aimed at developing social supports around mental health and wellbeing. For more information, go to www.thewellbeingnetwork.ie


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