first_imgConnect Mental Health, a three day mental health awareness event, is being launched in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, today.The event, which will take place from October 8th -10th, has been planned to coincide with World Mental Health Day, October 10th. Connect Mental Health was founded in January 2015 to help raise awareness of mental health issues in South Donegal. The event aims to empower the local community with practical tools and advice on how to improve and maintain their mental health.Speaking ahead of today’s launch, founder Ciaran McLoone said that the aim of the programme was to empower the local community to maintain and improve each other’s mental health and well-being.“Through educational seminars, workshops and the creative arts, Connect Mental Health, aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, challenge mental health stigma, focus on the importance of social connections and provide the local community with advice and tools on how to help themselves, a friend or family member in distress” he stated.“Connect Mental Health aims to activate the local communities of Ballyshannon, Bundoran and Donegal Town to look after each other’s mental health. We want the local community to take ownership of the event, everyone has a part to play. We hope that the community will come out in force and participate in the workshops and activities. Local businesses also have a big part to play in creating a feel good atmosphere in the community and can sign up to get involved on our website,” he added. Connect Mental Health is a non-profit organisation run entirely by a core group of volunteers.  The event is part funded by the HSE and Donegal Local Development Company but all of the additional costs are being paid for by local fundraising initiatives. “The support of the local community to date has been incredible. This is an issue that will affect 1 in 4 of us during our lifetime. I would encourage everyone to visit our website to view the full programme of events and explore how they can get involved.”Programme of events School Workshops8th & 9th October | 9.00 – 16.00Connect Mental Health will visit each secondary school in Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Bundoran to deliver mental health workshops to students. Each secondary school will also run their own mental health initiatives throughout the day. These workshops will feature talks from inspirational speakers Breifne Earley and Easkey Britton.See Change Business Workshop8th October | 2.00pm | Abbey Hotel, Donegal TownEntry: FreeSee Change, the National Mental Health Stigma Reduction partnership will deliver a free one hour business workshop at 2pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. This workshop provides information on mental health and mental health problems for employers, managers and employees as well as offering best practise advice on creating workplaces that are free of stigma and discrimination and equipped to support the mental health needs of the organization. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served from 1.30. Attendance is free.Film Screening: Patrick’s Day 8th October  | 8pm  – Bundoran CineplexEntry: FreePatrick is a warm, open, twenty-six year old virgin schizophrenic.  Pills and his mother’s protection mean he is no threat to himself or anyone else.  Until he falls in love. The object of his desire, Karen, a suicidal flight attendant, has no idea the intimacy she shares with Patrick might reintroduce her to living.  Patrick’s obsessive mother Maura doesn’t realize her own misguided love may be more dangerous than hate.  To pull Karen and Patrick apart, she enlists the help of dysfunctional detective Freeman, who will use his position to help her, for a price. A provocative and heart-breaking love story about the right to intimacy for everyone, Patrick’s Day proves, when it comes to love, we’re all a little crazy.Introduction to Mindfulness8th October | 6.30pm | The Breesy Centre, Cashelard, Ballyshannon9th October | 6.30pm | Donegal TownEntry: FreeThese two workshop will focus on mindfulness which has been described as: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Film Screening: I Used to Live Here9th October  | 8pm  – Bundoran CineplexEntry: FreeI Used To Live Here follows Amy Keane, a 13-year-old trying to cope with the death of her mother and the reappearance of her father’s ex-girlfriend, who experiences the temptation of suicide after witnessing the outpouring of love for a local suicide victim. The film takes a fictional look at how the idea of suicide can spread in communities, particularly among young people.5K Fun Run / Walk and Talk10th October | 10.00 – Breesy Centre, CashelardEntry: €10The 5k Run / Walk and Talk will start and end at the Bressy Centre  in Cashelard, Ballyshannon. There will be a chipped run and also a walk and talk. All members of community and families are encouraged to take part. Refreshments will be served at the Breesy Centre upon finishing. The lead up to the event will include a couch to 5k to encourage people to get active.Connect Live: Free Community Conference10th October | 13.00 – 18.00 – Abbey Centre BallyshannonEntry: FreeConnect Live will take place in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, from 1pm – 6pm on Saturday October 10th, World Mental Health Day. All workshops are completely FREE and open to the public. This is a ticketed event and tickets will be available from Monday 21st September at 9am on www.connectmentalhealth.ieThe programme includes talks on suicide and self harm, wellness workshops, positive mental health, depression and anxiety and more. Keynote speakers on the day include former Armagh Footballer Oisin McConville and Niall Breslin (Bressie). Each attendee will receive a goodie bag with self help tips on how to maintain and improve their mental health, how to help a friend or family member in distress and what to do if they find themselves in distress. An exhibition will also run throughout the day with many mental health bodies exhibiting. Refreshments will also be served to attendees. COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME LAUNCHES IN BALLYSHANNON was last modified: September 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyshannonbundoranconnectmentalhealthmental healthlast_img

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