Dealing with debt at Laois Connects week

Pictured) at the launch of the Laois Connects Programme at Dunamaise Arts Centre , Portlaoise , on Wednesday last , were: Paddy Buggy ( Chairman , Laois Community Forum ) , Mary Kennedy ( R.T.E. ) and   Honor Deevy ( Community and Enterprise Laois Co.Co. /Project Co-ordinator ).               Photo: Michael Scully - no reproduction fee .
The recession has hit hard in many homes and this year’s Laois Connects aims to help people to cope with finance and related problems.

The recession has hit hard in many homes and this year’s Laois Connects aims to help people to cope with finance and related problems.

One of the highlights of the mental health week, which is supported by the Leinster Express, takes place on Tuesday October 1.

Christy Kenneally will also be in Portlaoise to give a talk on discovering pathways to happiness and wellbeing.

At the same event in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Ross Maguire, the founder of New Beginning will give practical advice on financial options available to everyone.

Their talk is hosted by Portlaoise Lions Club. and gets under way at 8pm.

Families have never been under so much pressure somthing that will be addressed in a talk on Monday, September 30 from 8-10pm.

Dr Fergus Heffernan will give a talk in the Cuisle Centre on creating resilience in families through understanding the mental health of the family.

The Laois Connects organisers say carers play an important part in today’s world, saving the taxpayer millions of euro in the process.

With this in mind, there will be a workshop on Monday, September 30 for carers in the Respond Community Centre, Millcourt, off Green Lane.

The workshop which will run from 2pm to 5pm will be tailored to meet the needs of carers and will be facilitated by Finola Colgan, Mental Health ireland.

The mental health organisation GROW will give two workshops on Friday, October 4 in the Triogue Community Centre, Bridge St on mental health and the services available.

Finally, the former Mountjoy Prison Governor ohn Lonergan will lead a workshop on the importance of cooperation in the creative process and how it relates to a greater sense of well-being on Wednesday, October 2 from 7pm to 10pm in the Youth Cafe on JFL Avenue. The workshop is free but booking is essential.