Laois Connects is all about awarness, opening up and publicising the help available.
Speaking at the launch of Laois Connects, which runs from September 15-22, Honor Deevy of Laois County Council said the holding of the week was timely.
“Most of us are affected by mental health issues and it is well known that challenging times, which we are in now, lead to a greater incidence of mental health issues in communities,” she said.
Ms Deevy said difficulties that arise can be overcome.
“The week Laois Connects is all about raising awarness that we all need to pay attention to looking after our own mental health and to encourage more people to be able to discuss their emotional well being. It is also about highlighting the professional supports that are available for everyone,” she told the launch.
She said the programme is full of workshops, walks and talks on topics that affect such as coping with bereavement, dealing with depression. She said some of the highlights include a talk by Caroline McGuigan founder of Suicide or Surive. (See Page 24).
Another highlight is a event run by the GAA on sport and your health which features Michale Duignan and will GAA President
Dr Eddie Murphy of RTÉ’s Operation Transformation will give a talk in Mountmellick and lead a walk in Emo.
She thanked the Laois Community Forum and the Laois Mental Health Collaborative Group which is made up of HSE, Mental Health Ireland, Laois Sports Partnership, Laois Partnership Company and Laois VEC for organising the event.
She also thanked the staff at the Laois County Council and all the organisations who have come together to support and orga the week.
For further information see pages 24-25 or contact Honor in Laois County Council at 057 867 4337/8 or e firstname.lastname@example.org web www.laoiscommunityforum.ie/laoisconnects