Social event to focus on mental health
This evening, a special social event takes place in Fermoy with the emphasis on mental health issues.
It is being organi ed by Muintir na Tíre Cork in association with the Fermoy branch of the Cork Mental Health Foundation and the Fermoy Community Health Project.
It will focus particularly on older people and the likelihood of mental health issues.
Entitled Happy Mind, Happy Life, Be Active, Be Aware, Be Involved, the social event forms part of the sixth national Green Ribbon campaign which runs throughout this month of May.
The Green Ribbon campaign strives to remove the stigma of mental health through community events and discourse.
The campaign is overseen by the ‘See Change’ movement with thousands of groups, workplaces and individuals participating across 60 ambassadors and 100 partner organisations.
This mon h the organisation will distribute 500,000 green ribbons as symbols against any stigma which exists around mental health.
‘See Change’ believes four in every ten people could be concealing men al health problems from those closest to them.
The movement also concludes that 46% of people under 35 would be likely to conceal a mental health difficulty from family, friends, or colleagues.
Rural dwellers are more likely (42%) to conceal such problems than their urban counterparts.
The campaign encourages open discussion, underlined by the message that one does not have to be an expert to talk about mental health and that talking to anyone may be of great help.
By proxy, a willingness and availability simply to listen is equally important towards eliminating stigma and providing support.
The Fermoy event promises to be an evening of chat accompanied by light refreshments, music provided by John White, and dancing, without altering the mental health focus.
This evening’s event, commencing at 7.30pm, will commence with short talks on mental health and tips on how to remain resilient if under stress.
Among those addressing the attendance are local radio presenters Joe Heffernan and Patricia Messenger, while those attending will be encouraged to pose questions of all or any of the speakers.
The Green Ribbon social evening takes place in Fermoy Community Youth Centre and admission is free.
Further information is available from 021 4500688.