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