Kilkenny Drug awareness week - It’s all about your mental health

Funding from Kilkenny Co Council, KLP and Lifeline has enabled the Kilkenny County Drugs Committee and Ossory Youth to join forces to create great events. Newpark Close is running a drug awareness programme for young centre users today (Wednesday). The Aisling Centre, Ballyragget, (a residential rehab. centre for those aged 15-21yrs is hosting an information seminar on Thursday. New leaflets detailing all support agencies available in Kilkenny on drug misuse by the Piltown Peer Education Programme who host a community awareness, on Friday at 7.30pm in Piltown Parish Hall with speakers from Ossory Youth, HSE and the Gardai. All welcome with refreshments provided. On Saturday there is a Commemoration of Hope Ceremony, with a procession starting on John’s quay at 3.15pm followed by refreshments and speakers at Town Hall. Ossory Youth have a fantastic day planned for those aged 14yrs+, kicking off at 12.30pm in Desart Hall with a drug/mental health quiz with fun prizes for teams. Then it’s time for dance rehearsal, brushing up on the steps to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, before getting into zombie makeup and costume, ready for a ‘flashmob’ to hit the Parade at 4.30pm. It will be on YouTube, but under 18s must download and bring a completed parental consent form from www.ossoryyouth.com to be allowed to appear on film. To help make a bigger spectacle and raise people’s awareness of the week, making the connection between drug misuse mental health, there are stilt walkers, a samba band, Irish dancers and a DJ on the Parade until 5.30pm. Ossory Youth is hosting an after party for ‘flashmobbers’ in Desart Hall until 8pm. The week following Drug Awareness Week is Mental Health Week, so it really fits the theme of challenging people to come up with a better coping strategy than turning to alcohol, or other drugs, when they are struggling; e.g. exercise, meditation, hobbies, pamper time, watching a comedy, or listening to music. Contact Jane Furey, Ossory Youth o056 7761200 for more information.

Funding from Kilkenny Co Council, KLP and Lifeline has enabled the Kilkenny County Drugs Committee and Ossory Youth to join forces to create great events. Newpark Close is running a drug awareness programme for young centre users today (Wednesday). The Aisling Centre, Ballyragget, (a residential rehab. centre for those aged 15-21yrs is hosting an information seminar on Thursday. New leaflets detailing all support agencies available in Kilkenny on drug misuse by the Piltown Peer Education Programme who host a community awareness, on Friday at 7.30pm in Piltown Parish Hall with speakers from Ossory Youth, HSE and the Gardai. All welcome with refreshments provided. On Saturday there is a Commemoration of Hope Ceremony, with a procession starting on John’s quay at 3.15pm followed by refreshments and speakers at Town Hall. Ossory Youth have a fantastic day planned for those aged 14yrs+, kicking off at 12.30pm in Desart Hall with a drug/mental health quiz with fun prizes for teams. Then it’s time for dance rehearsal, brushing up on the steps to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, before getting into zombie makeup and costume, ready for a ‘flashmob’ to hit the Parade at 4.30pm. It will be on YouTube, but under 18s must download and bring a completed parental consent form from www.ossoryyouth.com to be allowed to appear on film. To help make a bigger spectacle and raise people’s awareness of the week, making the connection between drug misuse mental health, there are stilt walkers, a samba band, Irish dancers and a DJ on the Parade until 5.30pm. Ossory Youth is hosting an after party for ‘flashmobbers’ in Desart Hall until 8pm. The week following Drug Awareness Week is Mental Health Week, so it really fits the theme of challenging people to come up with a better coping strategy than turning to alcohol, or other drugs, when they are struggling; e.g. exercise, meditation, hobbies, pamper time, watching a comedy, or listening to music. Contact Jane Furey, Ossory Youth o056 7761200 for more information.