Wellness workshop in Greystones
Deputy Stephen Donnelly hosted a wellness workshop last week in Greystones, in conjunction with mental health charity Suicide or Survive.
The event follows on from a coffee morning held at Deputy Donnelly's office late last year which saw over €1,100 raised for the charity and which was one of the most successful in the country. 'I am absolutely delighted with the turnout,' said Deputy Donnelly. 'With so much interest, the location had to be changed to find a bigger space.
'Thousands of people across Wicklow are under immense pressure, be it financial, personal or professional,' he said. 'The wellness workshop is an opportunity to step back and learn about steps we can take to support our own mental well-being.' He said that those who attended will have gained new skills to help them and their families deal with these problems.
The event was an opportunity to bring mental health into the open and have an honest and frank discussion, said the TD. 'One in five people in the county will experience depression at some time in their lifetime. Studies indicate that this is on the increase, in particular for young people. Anyone can have a mental health difficulty and the workshop was about knowing what to do if it does happen to you.'
He said that progress needs to be made on key projects such as Jigsaw in Bray, and general mental health funding, so that those in need of mental health supports can access them.' Cllr Gerry Walsh of Greystones Municipal District said that it was very encouraging to see the level of engagement and demand in the Greystones area for the workshop. 'It's definitely an event we would hope to repeat in the not too distant future,' he said. 'Suicide or Survive have been involved in running these workshops for the last eight years and they have a huge wealth of experience to share in the field.
Mental health awareness is vital, and something that has not given the attention it warrants. The event was a great start, but we need to invest further in this area.'