Connecting for each other

4 December 2010; Alan Quinlan, Munster. Celtic League, Munster v Cardiff Blues, Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
A busy week of activites get under way this weekend to promote positive mental health and well being in the community.

A busy week of activites get under way this weekend to promote positive mental health and well being in the community.

The Laois Connects Mental Health week, hosted by Laois Community Forum and supported by the Leinster Express, is back for a second year and gets underway with some healthy exercise this weekend (see panel for details).

The week’s kicks into action next Monday, with a workshop for carers and a talk to help deal with stress in Portlaoise. Monday features the holding of the first HSE Sports Your Mind Programme at O’Dempsey’s GAA Club in Killenard.

The programme, which is backed by the GAA, is aimed at young players, parents and coaches will be officially launched at the Portlaoise GAA club on Tuesday, October 1.

Next Monday also features a cyberbullying event for parents at Mountmellick Community School; a resilience for families event in Portlaoise; a creative evening in the Dunamaise Arts Centre; a talk in Portarlington on depression.

The remainder of the week is aims to improve our mental health in many ways. These vary from a talk on debt, cookery an healthy eating events, talks by former rugby international Alan Quinlan and former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan. Telfords Portlaoise hosts a cookery demonstration by TV3 chef Edward Hayden on Wednesday, October 2.

Laois County Counci, Mental Health Ireland, Laois & Offaly ETB, Laois Sports Partnership, Laois Partnership are supporting the week.

All events are free and booked is not needed for most events. For further information contact Honor Deevy on 057-8664107/64227; laoiscommunityforum@laoiscoco.ie; www.laoiscommunityforum.ie/laoisconnects Flyers are widely available. More details also on page 50/51 of this week’s paper.