Two-day event to highlight mental health

Representatives from local voluntary organisations will host an open day in MacDonagh Junction shopping centre this Friday and Saturday to mark World Mental Health Week, in conjunction with the HSE’s Kilkenny mental health services.

Representatives from local voluntary organisations will host an open day in MacDonagh Junction shopping centre this Friday and Saturday to mark World Mental Health Week, in conjunction with the HSE’s Kilkenny mental health services.

Activities will reflect Mental Health Ireland’s theme for the year, “Building Community Resilience Together,” as World Mental Health Week takes place from October 8-14.

The open day, which is free and open to the public, will include information from community and mental health organisations such as GROW, Aware, Shine, Mood, Brainwave, Mental Health Ireland, Samaritans, KCASES, TASK, the National Service Users Executive, Irish Advocacy Network, Bodywhys and the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event has been organised by “Link Up,” a forum that facilitates the coming together of voluntary and statutory agencies with the HSE’s mental health services.

The activities will begin on Friday at 1pm with the official launch of the Mental Health Awareness Week exhibition with special guests including Mayor Seán Ó hArgáin, Dr Frank Kelly (HSE executive clinical director for mental health services in Carlow-Kilkenny/South Tipperary) and Damien Godkin (operations manager with NSUE southern region).

A busking event, in which all musicians are welcome to join in and jam, will take place from 2-4pm, followed by a Poets Corner from 2-4pm.

An exhibition of artwork promoting mental health, including the critically acclaimed chair restoration project by TASK trainees, will be on display from noon to 4pm.

The Loreto String Quartet will perform at 2.30pm and the Traveller Youth Musical Group will lead a sing-song at 3.30pm.

Saturday’s events in MacDonagh Junction will begin at noon, with the continuation of “Building Community Resilience Together” facilitated by the Link Up forum.

The art exhibition, busking and Poets Corner will continue from noon to 4pm, and there will be performances by The Drum Youth Theatre at 2pm and the Soulful Spirit Choir at 3pm.