Cof­fee morn­ing to sup­port World Men­tal Health Week

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLEMAN

A COF­FEE morn­ing will take place in Wick­low on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, as part of World Men­tal Health Week.

Men­tal health char­ity GROW is host­ing the cof­fee morn­ing in the De la Salle Pas­toral Cen­tre in Wick­low town from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cen­tre can be ac­cessed from St Pa­trick’s Church.

The event is be­ing sup­ported by lots of dif­fer­ent agen­cies, in­clud­ing Connecting for Life, the Na­tional Learn­ing Net­work LINK Ark­low, Wick­low Health Cen­tre and the HSE’s Men­tal Health En­gage­ment team among oth­ers.

All are be­ing urged to come along and to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal health as well as aware­ness of the sup­ports avail­able lo­cally for peo­ple strug­gling with their men­tal and emo­tional well-be­ing.

GROW Area Co­or­di­na­tor in Wick­low Iz­abela Mor­ris is or­gan­is­ing the event ans is high­light­ing the im­por­tance of seek­ing help, reach­ing out to oth­ers and the role of peer-sup­port and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing in the GROW Pro­gramme and over­all men­tal health re­cov­ery.

‘As we head back into the rou­tine of autumn, with the short­en­ing days and ap­proach of win­ter, and with World Men­tal Health Week com­ing up, it is im­por­tant to be mind­ful of look­ing af­ter our men­tal and emo­tional health and well-be­ing, as we would our phys­i­cal health,’ she says.

She said that GROW pro­vides a weekly peer sup­port net­work, where peo­ple can come to­gether to dis­cuss any is­sue or prob­lem that they may be strug­gling with.

‘We also pro­vide a pro­gramme which al­lows peo­ple to gain and main­tain pos­i­tive men­tal health. In a GROW peer sup­port group, you can learn how to change your think­ing and be­hav­iour – for the bet­ter. In GROW, we re­mind peo­ple that ‘you alone can do it but you can’t do it alone’ and that is an im­por­tant mes­sage as we head into World Men­tal Health Day and World Men­tal Health Week,’ said Iz­abela.

GROW peer-sup­port groups are free and con­fi­den­tial. A GROW meet­ing takes place on Wed­nes­days at 2.30 p.m. in the De La Salle Pas­toral Cen­tre in Wick­low town. For de­tails of other GROW groups, visit www.grow.ie.

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