This year's Laois Connects will see a new initiative of a popup Wellness Hub backed by the HSE's mental health team, located in Laois Shopping Centre from 10th to 15th of October.
The focus of the hub is on positive mental health wellbeing targeting all age groups.
Events will include a primary school art project based on the theme “Inside Out”. Entries will be displayed throughout the week at the popup hub and each child will receive a certificate of participation and there will also be individual prizes and merit awards. Children and young adults are encouraged to come along with their parents as there will be lots of fun events throughout the week, which will include face painting, colouring dress up and a balloon release. Our aim is to allow young people express themselves in their own unique way.
There will also be a series of Q&A workshops where the general public can come and meet professionals working in Mental Health Promotion to discuss any topics in relation to their mental health well being. There will also be several skills workshops and a wellness cafe saloon where you can come along and learn new ways to cope with the stresses and strains of life.
There will also be a number of relaxation type therapies which will include Mindfullness, a meditation practice that improves emotional wellbeing and reduces stress.
If you’re feeling more energetic there will be a half day of Zumba Dance, a fun fitness routine that helps increase self confidence and positive body image. There will also be a fun bingo session for all who are feeling lucky with lots of spot prizes. There will also be a chance to meet with the people who run voluntary organisations and other community services in Laois area as well as a be display information stands.