Well­be­ing ser­vice

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

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 kath­leen.har­ring­ton@nln.ie

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.

Pic­ture: Ger­ard McCarthy

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.

Pic: Ger­ard McCarthy

Suzanne Siegel, Bantry; Kath­leen Har­ring­ton, Na­tional Learn­ing Net­work; and Maeve O’Ke­effe, Bantry at the launch of The Well­be­ing Net­work.

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