Laois Connects takes place from September 28 to october 5 and has a wide variety of events taking place at venues all over the county.
Suiting everyone from young to old, Laois Connects will be connecting all corners of the Laois Community. Cross the Line is devised by four students from Scoil Christ Ri. This is a mini company project by TY students based on peer to peer youth mental health awareness and will be delivered in the school during the week.
The official launch of ‘Sport Your Mind’ programme will take place on October 1 at Portlaoise GAA Grounds at 7.30pm. This is a HSE health promotion initiative delivered in partnership with Laois Sports Partnership and is a positive mental health awareness programme.
There are many events with a financial outlook to help those in need of advice, and one of these is Dealing With Debt, taking place in Portlaoise Heritage Hotel also on October 1. Ross Maguire founder of New Beginning will speak as will Christy Kenneally.
A talk on the sustainability of Men’s Sheds will take place on October 2 in Treo Nua. Afterwards Portlaoise Men’s Shed will be launched, an initiative that has been running in the town for a number of months.
Alan Quinlan will give a talk on his life experience of positive mental health on October 2 in Portlaoise Rugby Club, and Dr Harry Barry will also speak about flaggin depression. Earlier that day John Lonergan will facilitate a workshop in Portlaoise Youth Cafe targeted at adults working with young people.
There is lots taking place over the week and to find out more, people can visit www.laoiscommunityforum.ie/laoisconnects or contact Honor Deevy, Laois County Council at 057 86 64107.