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Limerick Mental Health Association sailing courses to aid mental health and recovery 

Limerick Mental Health Association sailing courses will help those in recovery from poor mental health

Limerick Mental Health Association sailing courses to aid mental health and recovery 

Tracey Lynch, Limerick Mental Health Manager

Tracey Lynch, Limerick Mental Health Manager

LIMERICK Mental Health Association is offering sailing courses to help those in recovery from poor mental health.

LMHA has partnered with Sailing into Wellness (SIW) to introduce a new Sailing into Wellness programme targeted at organisations working with clients in recovery and young people at risk, primarily those in marginalised communities.

Limerick Mental Health Manager, Tracey Lynch, said: “It was once said that the cure for anything is saltwater, whether that comes in the form of sweat, tears or the sea. We are very excited about the potential for this new Sailing into Wellness programme. Sailing into Wellness makes recovery about living. As an island nation we rarely look to the sea to help with our social and physical challenges. We are all equal at sea, together we face the same challenges, the combination of this and treating people with respect as equals provides a powerful environment for change.”

Groups of ten will sail on board the Ilen out of Foynes, with 12 dates available in May and June this year. Organisations can book ten places on board for €460 (€46 per person).

“This is experiential learning in its rawest form; the benefits go far beyond those of learning a new skill (Sailing). We help to build the life skills which are lost in poor mental health, such as communication, self -confidence, resilience, self-esteem and being part of a team. It’s been proven that even being close to the sea stimulates the production of serotonin and dopamine, which is good for mental health,” Ms Lynch said.

 “We are offering the opportunity to between 10 and 12 organisations, each doing a day with us Sailing on the Shannon. It really is a fantastic experience. This sailing program is an educational and therapeutic activity designed to inspire our communities. We support our participants to overcome both physical and mental challenges in an environment that is both exhilarating and therapeutic,” Mr. Colin Healy Co-founder of SIW said. 

Sailing into Wellness (SIW) is partnering with Limerick Mental Health Association (LMHA); both organizations are passionate professionals in the recovery and sailing sector. 

“We will take the participants out of their normal environment and into one which inspires and challenges. We are truly fortunate that this programme is part funded by the National Lottery funding which enables us to run a program on the Sailing ship Ilen out of Foynes Yacht Club this year. We are fully insured, and all staff are garda vetted. We can have 10 clients on board plus our crew under Level 5 restrictions and we have a full set of Covid protocols in place,” Mr. Healy said.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location: Ilen, Foynes Yacht Club.

Booking with: [email protected]

Group’s size: 10 Cost: €460 (€46 pp)

 Dates Available

11th, 12th, and 13th May

25th, 26th and 27th May

1st, 2nd and 3rd June

8th, 9th, and 10th June

Bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

A booking deposit of €260 is required.

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