Mental health event at Fr McGrath Centre

A LOCAL Family Resource Centre in Kilkenny is attempting to raise awareness on mental health and has organised a talk by psychologist Dr Fergus Heffernan which will take place on April 18.

A LOCAL Family Resource Centre in Kilkenny is attempting to raise awareness on mental health and has organised a talk by psychologist Dr Fergus Heffernan which will take place on April 18.

‘It is well known that challenging times like these leads to a greater increase in mental health issues but it proves a difficult issue for us to tackle in society as many people are not comfortable with discussing it openly, particularly men.

‘This day is about raising wider social awareness that all of us need to pay more attention to our mental health and to encourage more people to be able to discuss openly things that affect their emotional well being.

‘The message to everyone is mental health issues do not have to overpower your life, said Wendy Taylor, Family Support Worker at the Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre.

The event organised by the Fr McGrath Family Resource Centre based in the neighbourhood centre on the Butts Green is called ‘Go Mental’ and will have speakers from other organisations such as Grow, the Samaritans, Shine, Aware and Lifeline suicide prevention.

The event will take place from 10am to 1.30pm and the talk will look at issues of mental health that affect all of us in our everyday lives on a real and practical level.

Fergus has spent much of the past 33 years working with the Irish Defence Forces, the United Nations and NATO based in New York.

He has worked with soldiers and their families in Theatre of War locations from Afghanistan, to Iraq, from Central Africa to East Timor, from The Balkans to the Middle East.

According to the organisers‘Go Mental’ is an opportunity to take control of your mental health and become aware of the supports that are free and readily available in the city and county.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all who attend the talk. The event is free and everyone is welcome.