Kilcummin GAA Launches Positive Mental Health Initiative

On Friday the 7th of June at 9pm, Kilcummin GAA club will launch its Positive Mental Health Initiative in the clubhouse. All club members and people from the local community are invited to and encouraged to attend this important function. On the night presentations will take place from the Dan O Connor, Development Co-ordinator of Kerry Mental Health Association and former Kerry footballer, Mike Frank Russell. Feedback and contributions from the floor will be welcomed on the night.
This initiative sets out to develop a programme of events to promote positive mental health and well being for all, including guest speakers, workshops and club activities. There are a myriad of challenges that face people in society today in their personal, social, family and working lives and this initiative will acknowledge and seek to address such challenges and in doing so help people to build resilience in challenging times. The programme seeks to involve as many groups as possible such as juveniles, young adults, parents, mentors and members of the local community and is in line with the Mental Health Awareness campaign launched by Kerry County Board in February 2013.
The Positive Mental Health Initiative organising committee have been working on a programme of events which will be launched on the night. Committee members include Niamh Dwyer (Co-ordinator) Kevin O Riordan, Brendan Kealy, Fiona McSweeney, Elizabeth McCarthy, Tom Leslie, Mike O Riordan and Gavin O Leary. Anyone interested in getting involved with the committee will be welcomed.
It has never more important to promote positive mental health and to help people to develop coping skills for the challenges they face. GAA clubs play a pivotal role in the lives of many people and are in an ideal position to address such issues. The launch on the 7th is about getting the conversation around mental health and well-being started in Kilcummin GAA club. Join us on the night, all welcome.

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