Events to promote positive well being get underway in earnest this week as part of the Laois Connects mental health week.
From healthy walks to tackling debt, from help with depression to cookery demonstrations, there is a wide variety of events, workshops and initiatives being run to help communities build resilience and cope with mental health difficulties.
The week features a number of high profile events one of which is a HSE programme to help sports clubs and parents to support young players. The Sports Your Mind Programme has the backing of GAA stars like John O’Loughlin and Cahir Healy. See pages 25 & 72.
Rugby also features with a talk by Alan Quinlan, formerly Munster and Ireland, at the Portlaoise Rugby Club on Wednesday night, October 2. Dr Harry Barry will speak on depression at the same event.
Another highlight is a Dealing with Debt event hosted by the Portlaoise Lions Club at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel tonight (Tuesday 1) at 8pm. Christy Kenneally will also speak at this event.
The emerging Men’s Shed movement will feature on Wednesday, October 2 with a talk on the movement and a launch of the Portlaoise mens shed. Another high profile speaker is John Lonergan, formerly Mountjoy Prison Governor. He will speak at the Portlaoise Youth Cafe on Wednesday, 2 at an event aimed at adults who work with young people.
Dr Eddie Murphy of the Leinster Express and Operation Transformation is involved in two events. He will speak at motivational evening at the Mountmellick Community Arts Centre on Thursday, October 3. He will also lead a health walk in Emo Court on Saturday, October 5 from 11am.
Laois Connects is hosted by Laois Community Forum and supported by the Leinster Express. See pgs 52,53,72.