Online and Outdoor Events for Kerry's Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest 2020
Events to coincide with World Mental Health Day
Hundreds of people have attended Kerry’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest each year since it was inaugurated in 2018. This year’s week-long programme of events between 10 and 17 October will be a little different with many events taking place outdoors and online. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the events aimed at promoting good mental health are probably more important than ever.
An interagency committee, which is supported by Cork-Kerry HSE and Kerry County Council, have organised a range of events including wellbeing workshops, seminars, walks, coffee mornings, mindfulness and activity sessions. The Fest will coincide with World Mental Health Day (on 10 October) and runs from Saturday, 10 to Saturday, 17 October. Among the highlights will be Forest Therapy, mindfulness and meditation sessions, coffee mornings, walks, wellbeing in the workplace workshops, self-care workshops, Zumba and yoga classes and more.
Kerry’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest aims to promote a positive sense of wellbeing and will highlight mental health services and supports which are available to people in need in the county. Everyone is encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing, and to encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available.
Launching the programme of events this week, the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, explained that he is hugely aware of the mental health and wellbeing impact that this pandemic has had on people across the county.
‘It is very important, this year especially, that the Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest is held to highlight the mental health services and supports that are available to people across the county. While observing the public health guidelines, the Fest offers an opportunity to connect with people and engage in activities that supports people’s overall health and wellbeing,’ he said.
Donagh Hennebry, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare with the HSE, said: ‘The programme of events has come together with the support of all the local statutory agencies working together with the very positive input of community and voluntary groups all over Kerry. This year the Cork and Kerry Fests will be held simultaneously in an effort to further highlight the support for mental health and wellbeing across the region and extend the reach of the message of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.’
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:
- Connect – with the people around you at home, work, school, and in your local community
- Take Notice – Savour the moment whether you are walking, eating, or talking. Be aware of the world around you and what you’re feeling
- Be Active – Step outside. Go for a walk, cycle, garden or dance. Discover a physical activity that suits your lifestyle
- Give – Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Volunteer. Join a community group
- Keep Learning – Try something new, rediscover an old interest. Take on new responsibilities. Fix a bike. Learn how to cook your favourite meal.
Full details of the programme of events are now available on the Healthy Kerry and Kerry County Council websites.