Loads Of Events In Tralee For Kerry’s First Health And Wellbeing Week

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The launch of Health and Wellbeing Week earlier today. Photo by Domnick Walsh

DOZENS of free events including workshops, seminars, coffee mornings, film screenings and sports events will form part of the first ever Health and Wellbeing Week in Kerry, which is being organised by the HSE and Kerry County Council.

The week will coincide with World Mental Health Day and runs from October 6-14 October at venues across the county with Tralee hosting a wide variety of events.

The first of its kind in Kerry, the Health and Wellbeing Week aims to promote a positive sense of wellbeing and will highlight mental health services and supports which are available to people in need in the county.

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Everyone is encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing, and to encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available.

The programme of events has come together with the support of all the local statutory agencies working together with the very positive input of community and voluntary groups all over Kerry.

Kerry’s first Health and Wellbeing Week was launched today by Mary O’Mahony, Director of Nursing of the HSE and the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley.

The events are supported by Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare, through Connecting for Life, and by Kerry County Council, through Healthy Kerry.

Sinead Glennon, Head of Mental Health Services with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare said: “We in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare are delighted to be involved in the first ever Kerry Wellness Week. Keeping our population mentally and physically well is at the core of what we do. Our suicide and self-harm reduction plan for Kerry, Connecting for Life, is based on a cross-community approach and it is encouraging to see so many agencies and parts of the Kerry community involved in this initiative.’

Cllr Foley said the schedule of events was wide-ranging and timely: ‘This is a wonderful collaborative initiative between the HSE and Kerry County Council and will give us all an opportunity to focus on our own mental health and wellbeing. So many local community, voluntary and sporting groups have come on board to host up to fifty events. There are events in all parts of the county and I hope people will engage and get involved,’ she said.

Full details of the programme of events are now available at local libraries, health centres and Family Resource Centres throughout the county.

The full events list is also available on www.healthykerry.ie (where a day-by-day list of events is available) and on Kerry County Council and HSE websites.

Some of the events in Tralee include;

Monday, October 8

• ‘Do Good, Feel Good’ with the Kerry Volunteer Centre

11am – 12.30pm, Manor West Hotel, Tralee.

Learn about volunteering in your local area. Explore how volunteering enhances physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Registration required, light refreshments provided. Contact Siobhan Johnston: 0667117966 siobhankvc@gmail.com

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• Grief and Loss

7.00pm, Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee.

The Tralee Bereavement Support Group will host this talk delivered by the Social and Health Education Project.

All welcome, refreshments kindly sponsored by the Meadowlands Hotel. Contact Lorraine Bowler: 066 7180190.

Tuesday October 9

• Take Five Coffee Morning

11.00am – 1.00pm, Community Development Project, Upper Rock Street, Tralee.

Supporting you to talk, share information and find ways through life’s challenges. Information about support services will be available.

All welcome, contact 066 7120877.

Wednesday, October 10

• Add Friends to Your Tea

10.00am, Tralee International Resource Centre, Boherbee, Tralee.

Women’s Group host a coffee morning. All welcome, contact 066 7127918.

• Kerry Peer Support Network

10.30am – 11.30am, Rahoonane Community Centre, Tralee.

A discussion on recovery from mental distress to wellness.

All welcome, no registration required. Contact Sinead 066 4011110 kpsninfo@gmail.com.

• PSYCHED Wellbeing in the Workplace

1.00pm – 2.00pm, EmployAbility Upper Rock Street, Tralee.

Learn more about PSYCHED (Positive Support You Can Have Every Day), an initiative centred around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Light lunch provided. Registration essential, spaces limited. Contact Kerry EmployAbility Service, 066 7118758.

• ‘The Changing Role of Women in Kerry – How This Impacts on Health and Wellbeing’ Panel Discussion

7.00pm, The Rose Hotel, Tralee.

Hosted by Kerry Women’s Interactive network, with guest speaker Dr Cliona Loughnane, the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

No registration required, refreshments kindly sponsored by The Rose Hotel. Contact Lorraine Bowler: 066 7180190.

Thursday October 11

• Co-Bully No More

6.30pm, Tralee Library

Listowel writer Judith Carmody will read from her book and present on its key messages, followed by questions and answers.

Aimed at adults, no registration required. See http://www.co-bully.com/ to learn more.

• Understanding and Supporting People with Eating Disorders

7.00pm, Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee.

Hosted by Parent Action and Care, a support group for parents and family members of children with mental health issues, including eating disorders.

This talk delivered by Bodywhys will explain the different eating disorders and how to support a person with an eating disorder.

No registration required, contact Joyce: 0873846392.

• From Surviving to Thriving

7.00pm, Tralee International Resource Centre, Boherbee, Tralee.

The International Friends Group will host this talk by Life Coach Astrid Longhurst. All welcome. Contact 066 7127918.

Friday October 12

• SOS Wellness Workshop

10.00am – 4.00pm, Tralee Library

This workshop will help you understand and take charge of your own mental health.

The workshop (aimed at adults) is for anyone and everyone as we all have mental health!

Registration essential, via this link https://tinyurl.com/TraleeWellness Contact Lorraine Bowler: 066 7180190.

• Do Good, Feel Good’ with the Kerry Volunteer Centre

2.00pm – 4.00pm, Kerry Volunteer Centre, 7 Maine Street, Tralee.

Come along for a cuppa and a chat at our open afternoon to discuss local volunteering opportunities throughout Kerry.

Open to all, contact Siobhan Johnston: 0667117966 or siobhankvc@gmail.com

• Five Ways to Wellbeing

Events in all KDYS Youth Clubs. Contact your local club for details http://kdys.ie/

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