Connecting to help with mental health

Helping people in communites to cope with mental health issues is the focus of a major upcoming week of events in Laois.

Helping people in communites to cope with mental health issues is the focus of a major upcoming week of events in Laois.

Following last year’s scuess, Laois Community Forum host the Laois Connects week from Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, October 5.

The awareness week, which is supported by the Leinster Express and being launched this week, is being held again this year to promoted the importance of mental health. The events will highlight the professional help and services available. This year a director of supports and help numbers will be launched to raise awareness of the help for those in need. The information guide will be available at talks and workshops held during the week.

The organisers say most people have been affected by mental health and the talks and event during the week aim to help people deal with and overcome a wide range of difficulties.

This year’s talks vary from a talk on dealing with debt to managing adversity in business. Sports people and organisations are also involved again this year. The former Irish rugby player Alan Quinlan will speak in Portlaoise. A new programme called Sports Your Mind will be launched in conjunction with the GAA.

Exercise will play a big role with Dr Eddie Murphy leading a big walk in Emo other events feature cookery, dancing, yoga, laughter.

The week is backed by: the HSE, Laois Sports Partnership, Laois Partnership, Mental Health Ireland, Laois County Council and Laois/Offaly ETB. Other organisations supporting the week include: the GAA, the IFA, Shine, Grown, Portlaoise Lions Club, Pfizer, Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Portlaoise Parish, Portlaoise Youth Cafe and the Dunamaise Arts Center.

See next week’s Express for more.