Marking World Mental Health Day

Martin Matthews, Chairperson, Link Up, Mental Health Forum. Photo: Pat Moore.
Events will take place across the city and county next Thursday (October 10) to mark World Mental Health Day.

Events will take place across the city and county next Thursday (October 10) to mark World Mental Health Day.

Link Up is a local forum consisting of voluntary, community and statutory agencies with an aim to improve and promote positive mental health by sharing information, breaking down barriers and reducing stigma. This group will be supporting a number of key events locally.

According to Martin Matthews Chairperson of Link Up “Health, be it physical or mental health — is often something we do not think about until something happens only then do we realize just how little we know about it.”

There are a number of interesting and uplifting events on over the coming days including a project coordinated by TASK Kilkenny called ‘If You Could Bottle Happiness’. Almost 20 different organisations and community groups have taken part; Callan C.B.S Secondary School, Kingsriver Community, Active Retirement Groups, Toddler Groups and The Irish Wheelchair Association are just some of the groups participating. The resulting exhibition will surely be a feast for the eyes and is bound to put a smile on your face as the groups explore the concept of happiness.

Variety is the spice of life, and the Happiness Project just proves how the simple things in life can be uplifting. The project will be displayed at the A.R.I Public Consultation on October 8 at 2pm in the Set Theatre, Langtons. If you have experienced the Mental Health services, as a Service User, a family member or a friend, or if you provide a Mental Health service, please come along and give your input into advancing recovery in Ireland.

The Consumer Panel is hosting a talk by Dr Mike Watts phD, on ‘Recovery from Mental Illness as a Re- enchantment with Life’ on Wednesday (October 9) in the Tholsel. This is an invitation only event. Please contact Gina on 087 3101146 if you would like to attence.

On Thursday, October 10 Lifeline are launching Kilkenny County Suicide Prevention Strategy in the Parade Tower at 3pm by Minister Kathleen Lunch TD. A full itinerary of events is available on diary and will be projected onto buildings at various locations around the city. A coffee morning for older people will also take place on October 14 at 10am at McDonagh Junction where a number of experts will speak on mental health issues in later life.