Kerry Macra To Host Online ‘Mind Matters’ Talk

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Joanne Lawlor, Kerry Macra.

KERRY Macra Na Feirme are hosting a virtual talk live on Facebook at 8pm on Friday, December 4, which will focus on the importance of Mental Health.

The night is aptly named ‘Mind Matters’ and will feature Kerry Radio’s Aisling O’Brien as host, interviewing three well known speakers. With the growing suicide rate among rural youths and the in-general feeling of uncertainty this year, Kerry Macra Na Feirme felt a need to address the ever growing issue of Mental Health.

It was county member Trevor Coffey who instigated the idea. Trevor has always been a passionate advocate for Mental Health and has spoken openly of his struggles in the past.

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“We would strongly encourage people to tune in and encourage friends, family and loved ones who they feel may benefit from listening,” said Joanne Lawlor, Chairwoman of Kerry Macra.

First up on the night we have Finbarr Walsh from the Live Life Foundation. Second speaker is Peter Hynes, a well-known Dairy farmer from Aherla in Cork.

The last speakers, are ‘Make the Moove’ duo of John Keane and Johnathan Dwyer who are paving the way in Agricultural Mental Health with farmer led workshops and services that aim to break the stigma attached to mental health.

John and Johnathan stated that; “Farming can be a lonely occupation with little human interaction during the working day. Therefore, it is important to establish a network of support and provide an opportunity where farming men can help one another.”

“Kerry Macra Na Feirme’s – Mind Matters talk aims to open up the conversation of Mental Health for farmers and those in Rural Ireland. We hope to shine a light on these issues and drive home the point that ‘Your Health is Your Wealth’. Mental Health is a silent killer which we hope to give a voice to. We hope to see you all virtually on the 4th of December at 8pm. Save the date, tell a mate and don’t forget that a problem shared is a problem halved,” said Joanne.

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