A new mental health and wellbeing service is bringing a full programme of activities to communities throughout West Cork.
A new mental health and wellbeing service is bringing a full programme of activities to communities throughout West Cork. Activities encompass everything from pilates to mindfulness and music and information on various support services.
On Wednesday last, which was World Mental Health Day, the new service was brought to the Beara peninsula’s port town of Castletownbere.
Wellbeing Network, currently being rolled out across the sprawling coastal region, was officially launched in Drimoleague by presidential candidate Senator Joan Freeman along with the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, and Olympic Irish race walker Rob Heffernan.
As part of the service, the programme comes to St Colum’s GAA Club, Kealkil near Bantry on Thursday week, October 25.
There, it will focus on the Five ways of Wellbeing, as well as featuring a motivational talk by former Cork senior football manager and ex-All-Star Conor Counihan on empowering people to look after themselves. This will be followed by a segment about protecting your children online, presented by Garda Bridgit Hartnett.
The roadshow is scheduled to visit St Mary’s GAA, BEDA Hall Enniskeane next month on a date as yet to be confirm-The ed before moving on to Bantry, Dunmanway and Goleen.
The initiative, which is run by Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare and the National Learning Network, is expected to serve a population of around 60,000 people in communities across West Cork.
“We will be visiting a different community every fortnight to run a series of health and wellbeing to carry out research into what people feel is necessary to maintain their well-being and implementing a programme based around identified needs in terms of the local community’s health and well-being,” explained programme coordinator Kathleen Harrington.
She said any communities interesting in hosting Wellbeing Network events in their area should contact her on email@example.com
In addition to the mobile service that will visit up to two communities in West Cork per month at the request of local stakeholders, a new website, thewellbeingnetwork.ie was also unveiled at the official launch in Drimoleague.
The website offers tips on general wellbeing, information on support services, activities in the community, self-help videos and podcasts.
Olympic medal-winning walker Mr Heffernan, who attended the launch and who took part in RTÉ’s Dancing
With The Stars earlier this year, said he believed ‘100%’ that mental wellbeing was linked to being active.
Priscilla Lynch, health & wellbeing Cork Kerry Community Healthcare; Irish race walker Rob Heffernan; Dr Fiona Brennan National Learning Network (NLN) ; County Mayor, Patrick Gerard Murphy ; Kathleen Harrington NLN; and Senator Joan Freeman at the launch of The Wellbeing Network.
Suzanne Siegel, Bantry; Kathleen Harrington, National Learning Network; and Maeve O’Keeffe, Bantry at the launch of The Wellbeing Network.