Mental health booklet for local area launched

In attendance at the launch of the 'Staying Well' mental health booklet in Mitchelstown last Friday, were Finola O'Callaghan (GROW), Brendan Scahill (HSE community worker), Ger Sheehan (councillor HSE), Carmel O'Gorman, Mitchelstown and Kevin McCormack, Kilworth. (Picture: Sean Burke)

A mental health booklet detailing supports and services for the Fermoy/Mitchelstown areas was launched last Friday night in Mitchelstown.

Entitled ‘Staying Well’, the booklet is a revamp of the original booklet which was first developed back in 2010.

The project was conceived by the Mental Health Staying Well Alliance network group, which comprises members from Fermoy and Mitchelstown Community Networks.

During the summer of 2018, members of these networks collectively worked on the task of updating the booklet.

The intention was to create a booklet that was concise, relevant, portable and would fit into a purse, a back pocket or a wallet, all of which it is.

The new booklet also has a new layout with supports listed under headings such as; Emergency Services, Addiction, Bereavement, Child and Adolescent, Counselling, Adult and Older Person and these headings are also colour-coded which should make it easier for people to find relevant support.

The launch of this wonderful new mental health resource took place as part of the Silver Lining’s Mental Health Awareness evening, which was held at The Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown on Friday night (June 7).

The booklet will be delivered through the postal service to every household in the sector, approximately 12,000 households, set to arrive through letterboxes around the Christmas period.

Please note, if you do not receive your card, please contact Jacinta McCormack or Brendan Scahill, Community Work Department, HSE 021-4928370. 1,000 copies of the booklet are also printed in Polish.

The Mental Health Staying Well Alliance would like to thank all those who helped out in ensuring this card will see the light of day.