Pictured above (l to r): Amanda Clifford, Irish Rugby Player Fiona Hayes, Mayor Michael Sheahan, Irish Rugby Player Gillian Burke and Marie Breen Sec. of Limerick Mental Health Association.
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Niamh Higgins
The launch of Limerick Mental Health Awareness Week took place on Tuesday, 23 September at Limerick City Hall.
There were a number of well known attendees on the day including Irish rugby stars Gillian Burke and Fiona Hayes, Mayor Michael Sheahan and poet Barney Sheehan.
Also speaking on the day was Chairperson of Mental Health Ireland Maria Molloy who gave some excellent advice.
“This year’s theme is about detection of mental health and all that goes with that and about being well.
It actually seems a very simple thing to do but sometimes when you’re under a little bit of stress it can be the hardest thing to do.
What we have to learn to do in circles of friends is to see the vibes if someone isn’t well to make things a little bit easier for them.”
Limerick Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from the 5 – 12 of October. A number of events will take place throughout Limerick City, including many free events, to promote wellness in the community.
Events will include a Mad Hatter’s Fancy Dress Tea Party and the Limerick & Shannon Gala Concert.
Irish Rugby star Fiona Hayes spoke passionately about mental health issues and the power of talking to someone.
“The one thing that we can see over the last few years is that people don’t seem to feel like they have an outlet to go to. That’s very difficult for me to understand because I’m so lucky but for other people obviously it isn’t, it’s a hard struggle.
As the Cork camogie captain said last week when they won the All-Ireland a bad day in sport buts everything else in life in perspective, it’s only sport at the end of the day.
Talking to people can help, talking to people is sometimes all you need and sometimes all it is, is the one little thing that might help kick-start a road to somewhere that’s going to be a little bit better for you.”
If you would like a full list of events taking place for Mental Health Awareness Week you will find them on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/LimerickMentalHealthAwareness
For more information on Mental Health Awareness visit www.mentalhealthireland.ie
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