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The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Lifestyle - Sylvia Thomp­son sthomp­son@irish­times.com

Cre­ativ­ity for men­tal health:

First Fort­night, the an­nual burst of cre­ative arts ac­tiv­i­ties sup­port­ing men­tal health aware­ness, runs in venues through­out Dublin un­til Jan­uary 15th. Events in­clude a new doc­u­men­tary on Ir­ish psy­chi­a­trist Ivor Browne by Alan Gilse­nan, com­edy with Eleanor Tier­nan, an in­ter­view with sports writer and cy­clist, Paul Kim­mage, po­etry slams, spo­ken word evenings and much more more. See first­fort­night.ie for full de­tails.

Give up with a lit­tle sup­port:

Keen to give up smok­ing in 2017? The Pre­ven­ta­tive Medicine De­part­ment at St Vin­cent’s Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, Dublin hold reg­u­lar fa­cil­i­tated group cour­ses. The next six-week course has weekly ses­sions from Jan­uary 9th (5.30pm-7pm) to Fe­bru­ary 13th. Ad­vanced book­ing on 01 2214958.

The Dutch au­thor and teacher of mind­ful­ness, Enile Snel, will give work­shops en­ti­tled Mind­ful­ness for the Well Be­ing of Chil­dren & Fam­i­lies at the Drum­con­dra Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, Dublin on Mon­day, Jan­uary 16th at 4.30pm (for teach­ers and school staff) and at 7pm (pub­lic). She will give the same work­shops at the Cork Ed­u­ca­tion Sup­port Cen­tre, Cork on Tues­day, Jan­uary 17th at 4.30pm for teach­ers/school staff and at the Bru Colum­banus Cen­tre in Wil­ton, Cork at 7pm for the pub­lic. Ad­vance book­ing on eli­nes­nel­web­shop.com/en/ire­land/

Cre­at­ing healthy cities:

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion Healthy Cities and Coun­ties pro­gramme has just been launched in Ire­land. The aim of the pro­gramme is to en­cour­age peo­ple to get in­volved in healthy ac­tiv­i­ties in their lo­cal ar­eas. The pro­gramme is man­aged by the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties through its lo­cal com­mu­nity and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tees. Find out more at your county coun­cil of­fices or from the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor, Fiona Dono­van, on fiona.dono­van@hse.ie or tel. 091 737 263.

Check radon lev­els:

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) is call­ing on house­hold­ers in high radon ar­eas to test for radon gas. It is es­ti­mated that about 250 lung can­cer cases each year in Ire­land are linked to radon ex­po­sure. Radon test kits can be or­dered from the EPA for about ¤50. The test kit in­cludes two radon de­tec­tors which are in­stalled in your home and posted back to the provider af­ter three months. See radon.ie to find out if your house is in a high radon area.

Flight guides:

Aer Lin­gus has put up vis­ual guides on­line to help peo­ple with autism and sim­i­lar con­di­tions to pre­pare for air travel. The guides have sec­tions on pre-flight, on board and post-flight and were made with the Kin­ney Cen­ter for Autism Ed­u­ca­tion and Sup­port at Saint Joseph’s Univer­sity, Philadel­phia, in teh US. See iti.ms/2hKp5jL

PHO­TO­GRAPH: DAVE MEE­HAN

Ivor Brown is the sub­ject of a new doc­u­men­tary by Alan Gilse­nan, as part of First Fort­night.

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