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

To mark World Di­a­betes Day to­day, Di­a­betes Ire­land and health­care com­pany MSD Ire­land have joined forces to of­fer free screen­ings for Type 2 Di­a­betes to vis­i­tors to Dun­drum Town Cen­tre. Free as­sess­ments for Type 2 Di­a­betes and ex­pert ad­vice on ef­fec­tively pre­vent­ing or man­ag­ing the con­di­tion will be avail­able for shop­pers from 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on the third floor of Dun­drum Town Cen­tre. di­a­betes.ie

The men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion, Aware will host a free pub­lic lec­ture on peri-na­tal men­tal health in the Gal­way Mayo In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy [Theatre 1000] in Gal­way city on Fri­day, Novem­ber 17th at 6.30pm. Aware also runs a weekly drop-in Peri­na­tal Sup­port Group in Gal­way on Wed­nes­day evenings at 7.30pm in the Mer­lin Park Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal, Gal­way. This group of­fer peer sup­port to new and ex­pec­tant mothers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of post­na­tal de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and other mood dis­or­ders dur­ing preg­nancy and fol­low­ing the birth of their baby. aware.ie

Can art in­flu­ence our men­tal state? And does sci­ence af­fect the process of art mak­ing? Daniel Glaser, neu­ro­sci­en­tist and di­rec­tor of the London Sci­ence Gallery, Gillian Mur­phy, lec­turer in ap­plied psy­chol­ogy and Ni­amh Shaw, dance in­struc­tor, sci­en­tist and artist will ex­plore the con­nec­tions be­tween sci­ence and art in a free pub­lic event in the Na­tional Gallery, Mer­rion Square West, Dublin on Novem­ber 17 at 2pm. Ad­vanced book on info@ngi.ie or 01-6615133.

Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Ire­land is host­ing an in­for­ma­tion day for those newly di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18 from 9.15am-4pm in the Carl­ton Ho­tel, near Dublin Air­port. Dr Mar­garet O’Brien, Con­sul­tant Neu­rol­o­gist, Beau­mont Hos­pi­tal will give an over­view of the con­di­tion and other speak­ers will ad­dress em­ploy­ment and self-man­age­ment is­sues in­clud­ing diet and ex­er­cise. Ad­vanced book­ing es­sen­tial on 01-4905933.

A new schools’ pack ex­plain­ing the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions to young peo­ple will be dis­trib­uted to sec­ondary schools through­out Ire­land in Novem­ber. “It is vi­tal we gain more new and younger donors to main­tain blood sup­plies to hos­pi­tals,” says Paul McKinney, Ir­ish Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vice (IBTS) Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor. “If we can get younger peo­ple to start do­nat­ing early by the time they reach their mid 20s, it is then some­thing they make part of their nor­mal rou­tine,” he adds. giveblood.ie

“What Ire­land Needs To Nur­ture Its Soul?” is the theme of a pub­lic talk by Benedictine monk, Mark He­d­er­man in Smock Al­ley, Dublin on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 22nd from 7.30pm-9pm. The for­mer ab­bot of Glen­stal Abbey and for­mer head­mas­ter of Glen­stal school will share his wis­dom on the im­por­tance of con­nec­tion with our­selves, oth­ers and “the mys­te­ri­ous layer of ex­is­tence that en­velops us all”. Emma Far­rell and Justin McAleese will look at the chal­lenges fac­ing young adults in mod­ern Ire­land, for whom tra­di­tional re­li­gious prac­tice has lit­tle, if any, rel­e­vance. Tick­ets ¤30. sanc­tu­ary.ie

Us­ing mu­sic, dance, com­edy and the spo­ken word, Mojo Ris­ing is an event aimed at “Help­ing Men to Help Them­selves.” The event will bring to­gether acts from across the Arts in sup­port of men who are fac­ing men­tal health chal­lenges. The line-up in­cludes Paddy Casey, Joanne McNally and Em­met Kir­wan at 8pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19th at the Grand So­cial, Lif­fey Street Lower, Dublin, with tick­ets ¤10-¤15). mojo.ngo

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A new schools’ pack ex­plain­ing the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions to young peo­ple will be dis­trib­uted to sec­ondary schools.

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