Wexford Mental Health Association is, as ever, working hard to promote positive mental health for all the people of our county. Now, more than ever before, perhaps, there are many challenges facing us that none of us could ever have foreseen. Wexford MHA had planned a large scale showcasing event during World Mental Health week, but this event, like so many others over the past few months, has had to be cancelled.
Wexford MHA is only too well aware of the challenges being faced by everybody during these unprecedented times, due to Covid 19. The Association’s aim is to highlight the innovative and supportive work already being undertaken by Wexford MHA and to provide signposts and other assistance to help people to maintain positive mental health.
Wexford MHA is also keen to celebrate recent successes, launch new initiatives, showcase existing WMHA projects that already promote positive mental health and bring all its excellent work in mental health promotion to the attention of all Wexfordians. We also seek to encourage sponsorship of and support from the ever generous Wexford business community in the further promotion of our aims to engender positive mental health in our community.
During the week beginning on Monday 5th October, please make a note in your diary to tune in to South-East radio, where we have arranged to have live interviews with mental health professionals on Alan Corcoran’s very popular ‘Morning Mix’ programme. There will be mental health professionals featured each day. On Monday, Alan will interview Tanya Harris and Nicole Kotras, clinical psychologists with THiNK Psychology, on supporting our own wellbeing. On Tuesday Alan will welcome Gina Delaney, SE representative from Mental Health Ireland to discuss family wellbeing. On Wednesday, consultant psychiatrist Dr Niall Gormley (HSE psychiatry of later life) will converse with Alan on wellbeing among older adults. On Thursday Anne Eustace (Peer Educator with Recovery College) will speak of real life experiences of living with mental health issues and recovery. On Friday, Tanya Harris and Nicole Kotras, clinical psychologists with THiNK Psychology will return to ‘Morning Mix’, this time to offer tips and advice on parenting teenagers.
On Facebook, check out our programme of live workshops with professional facilitators who will guide us through dance, yoga, exercise, music, psychoeducational sessions and will provide invaluable practical advice and tips on maintaining wellness.
During the week, local newspapers will feature articles on wellbeing and practical ways of maintaining healthy work and lifestyle balance and the importance of a healthy fitness regime. There will be road signage on roads into Wexford town, reminding people to stay positive, featuring inspiring messages.
Wexford MHA has also created a pocket guide: ‘The Wexford Mental Health Association Wellness Pocket Guide’ which is an information guide for people to dip into. The guide will provide practical information and tips on how to engender and maintain positive mental health and useful contacts and addresses. The ‘Wellbeing Pocket Guide’ has been produced by Wexford MHA to remind us all that we each have the ability within ourselves to manage our own wellbeing; what we have to remember are the basics that we need to help us to navigate our way through the next few months. This little guide will signpost us towards ways of self-care through outings, activities, sport and so on.
This practical guide will be available in various venues throughout County Wexford.
For further information, please contact Wexford Mental Health Association as follows:
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