A SERIES of events are planned locally this week by the Fingal Youth Well Being Initiative to coincide with World Mental Health Week. Fingal Youth Well Being Initiative was set up in 2011 with the aim of raising awareness of mental health, reducing the stigma around mental illness and providing training in the North Fingal area to improve mental health outcomes for young people. The group started as a community based response and having all the local stakeholders involved will ensure that this project is embedded and sustainable locally. The goal of the project is to ensure that young people have access to a range of youth mental health supports that are easily accessible, but more importantly, available in their own community.
The catchment area of the project covers the whole area of North Fingal; covering Balbriggan, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Portrane, Donabate, Malahide, Swords, Baldoyle and Howth. As part of World Mental Health Week (October 8 to 14), the project is running some initiatives to raise awareness of mental health and provide resources, treatments, advice and training to help all members of the community to look after their mental health. All of the events are free of charge and begin on Tuesday, October 9 with the screening of ' The Perks of Being a Wallflower' in Movies@Swords at 11 a.m. followed by the Samaritans 'Feet on the Street' in Swords from noon to 2 p.m. On Wednesday, October 10, there will be free Indian head massages in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords from noon to 2 p.m. and then the service will move in the afternoon to the Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan from 2 to 4 p.m. On Friday, October 12, the Grand Hotel in Malahide is the venue for the ASSIST (Suicide Intervention) Tune Up from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and booking is advised. On the same day, the Samaritan's 'Feet on the Street' comes to Balbriggan from 2 p.m. There is no need to book the Indian Head Massage, just arrive and enjoy. If you would like to receive the initiative's training alerts, Please contact Louise Nolan, Youth Mental Health Coordinator on (01) 8020484 or firstname.lastname@example.org