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Events lined up for Kerry’s Mental Health and Well-being Fest

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LAUNCH: Pictured at the launch of Kerry's Mental Health and Well-being Fest is Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council with from left: Geraldine O'Sullivan (Kerry Volunteer Centre), Deirdre Hegarty (Healthy Ireland Coordinator, KCC), Donagh Hennebry (Resource Officer - Suicide Prevention, HSE), Pat O'Brien (Kerry Mental Health Association), Caoimhe Keogan (Jigsaw Kerry), and Lorraine Bowler (NEWKD). Photo: Pauline Dennigan

By Michelle Crean

Promoting good mental health this October is the aim and it's never been more important than ever with the year that's in it.

 

Between October 10 and 17, Kerry's Mental Health and Well-being Fest has planned a week-long programme of events - but it will be a bit different to previous years due to the current restrictions.

Organisers are planning a number of events outdoors and online which will coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Since it was inaugurated in 2018 hundreds of people have attended Kerry’s Mental Health and Well-being Fest each year.

An interagency committee, which is supported by Cork-Kerry HSE and Kerry County Council, have organised a range of events including well-being workshops, Forest Therapy, seminars, walks, coffee mornings, meditation and mindfulness, activity sessions, workplace workshops, self-care workshops, Zumba and yoga classes and more.

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 well-being impact that this pandemic has had on people across the county.

"It is very important, this year especially, that the Mental Health and Well-being 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 support people’s overall health and well-being," he said.

Donagh Hennebry, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare with the HSE, added that 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 well-being across the region and extend the reach of the message of the Five Ways to Wellbeing."

The Five Ways to Well-being 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 www.healthykerry.ie.

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Volunteers wanted for street collection

By Michelle Crean October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds. Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who […]

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By Michelle Crean

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and local volunteers are keen to not only raise awareness but also funds.

Kathrina Breen, Eleanor O’Doherty and Kathleen O’Shea who have been supporting the Irish Cancer Society for many years are delighted to be able to get back to their Pink Ribbon street collection in Killarney town next Friday (October 7).

They are the only group in the country doing the collection as many fundraisers have moved online since the pandemic struck.

“We’re the only town in Ireland doing it this year,” Kathrina, who feels it’s important to keep a street collection going, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We haven’t done it in two years since before COVID. I pushed to do it as it raises a lot of money. People have been supporting this for years, this money goes towards breast detection equipment, information leaflets in doctors surgeries and towards cancer grants.”

In 2021, donations helped 254 breast cancer patients with free transport to and from 2,380 chemotherapy appointments by volunteer drivers, 154 patients received 514 nights of end-of-life care from Night Nurses and 3,430 enquiries were made about breast cancer through the Freephone Support Line 1800 200 700 and at 13 Daffodil Centres across the country.

And she added that they’re looking for a few volunteers to help out on the day.

“If anyone would like to help they can contact me on 087 2612992.”

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Calls for Council to acquire vacant Rock Road properties

By Sean Moriarty There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory. The two cottages, one either side of the entrance […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There are calls to make two vacant properties on Rock Road available to Kerry County Council’s housing inventory.

The two cottages, one either side of the entrance to St Finan’s Hospital, are vacant for some time.
Cllr Maura Healy-Rae raised the issue at a recent Killarney Municipal District meeting.

“Regarding two vacant houses at the entrance to St Finan’s on Rock Road which appear to be vacant for a significant period of time. One of the properties is in the ownership of the HSE. I requested that Kerry County Council would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house,” she told the Killarney Advertiser after the meeting.

“I stressed that it is important that the local authority exhaust all possibilities when it comes to providing more houses, particularly properties located within the town of Killarney where the need and demand for housing is critical.”

Kerry County Council said it would get the Vacant Homes Officer to contact the owner of the privately owned bungalow.

“They will inform the property owner that there is funding available under various schemes and grants to aid the return of this property to habitable use. Such schemes include the Repair and Lease Scheme and the recently launched Croí Cónaithe vacant property grant,” said a Council official.

Cllr Healy-Rae added: “I requested that KCC would liaise with the HSE with a view to potentially acquiring this house.”

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