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Promoting Positive Mental Health

MENSANA FEST WORLD MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 6th - 12th October, 2013 Carlow Mental Health Association members include volunteers and representatives of:

FORWARD STEPS RESOURCE CENTRE

CARLOW REGIONAL YOUTH SERVICES


WELCOME TO OUR 4TH MENSANA FEST – CARLOW’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK Carlow Mental Health Association introduced Mensana Fest in 2010 to raise awareness of mental health in Carlow. Mensana Fest 2013 offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health. People from all walks of life are encouraged to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health during Mensana Fest. We all have mental health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of overall mental and physical health and well-being. But maintaining good mental health in today’s hectic and stress-filled society is a challenge. It is estimated that at least 1 in 4 Irish people experience mental health problems each year, and mental health issues indirectly affect us all at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. The fact is, we are all touched in some way by mental health issues. Join us for Mensana Fest 2013, where we have a range of activities to encourage you to maintain and promote your positive mental health. From a cup of coffee in our “Pop Up” Rainbow Café to Mindfulness, We would like to say a massive thank you a series of to all those who are supporting this years information talks Mensana Fest, from the use of buildings, to learning to play lending furniture, peoples time and basketball! Do skills to the cream cakes. This week could not happen without things for no reason the generosity of Carlow other than that it feels businesses and people good to do them.

Thank You.

Thank You.

Rainbow Cafe Rainbow Café is our Mensana ‘Pop Up Café’, located on Burrin Street, Carlow (beside Supermacs). We will open Monday 7th October until Saturday 12th October from 10am 6pm daily and some days later for planned events.

Rainbow Room This is a space in Deighton Hall that we will be using for most of the Carlow based events.


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, no booking necessary, unless other wise stated. For further information contact 085 8181353.

SUNDAY

MENSANA FEST

Box of Frogs Carlow Mental Health Association presents ‘Box of Frogs’ - a happy play about being sad. Actress Mary McEvoy, comedian John Moynes and broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe have teamed up to share their stories of personal experience with a mental health problem in a mixture of stories, comedy sketches and songs to de-mystify, debunk and ultimately have a laugh with what really goes on inside our heads. Time: 8pm Cost: €10 Venue: George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Pre Book: Tickets from the George Bernard Shaw Theatre 059 9172400 or www.visualcarlow.ie

MONDAY

MENSANA FEST

Lunch Time Seminar – Introduction to Mindfulness What it is, what it is not, and what it can offer us in our search for health and wellbeing. Facilitator: Leonie Baldwin Time: 1.10-1.50pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Workshop – Mindfulness and Difficult Emotions Looking at the mindfulness skills that can offer us a lifeline to avoid being swamped when dealing with our difficult emotions; such as anger, fear, anxiety, and sorrow. Facilitator: Leonie Baldwin Time: 3-5pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Nutrition and Mental Health Find out how diet affects your mental health. Facilitator: Aislinn Murphy, Senior Community Dietician, HSE Time: 2.30-3.30pm Venue: Clann Nua, St Dympna’s Hospital Time: 7-8pm Venue: Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow.

Demystify This – Magic Show Acclaimed conceptual magician Shane Quilty is bringing mindbending illusions and thought-provoking stunts to Carlow, as Ireland’s only social change magician dedicated to changing attitudes to mental health. He will be performing in IT Carlow. Organised by: Carlow IT Student’s Union Time: 5pm Venue: Students Union Room, Barrow Centre, Carlow IT

Workshop – Mindfulness and Self-Healing Exploring how mindfulness can help us heal through developing our qualities of stability, inner peace and joy while recognising that life constantly pulls the rug from under our feet. Facilitator: Leonie Baldwin Time: 6-8pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Evening Seminar – LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and Mental Health Dil Wickremasinghe Mental Health Broadcaster and Journalist with Newstalk 106-108 FM will share her personnel story of hope. Time: 8pm Venue: Rainbow Room


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, no booking necessary, unless other wise stated.

TUESDAY

MENSANA FEST

The Happy Movie Happy is a 2011 feature documentary film. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. Time: 10.30am –12pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Lunch Time Seminar – Building Resilience Together One of the best ways to maintain good mental health is by ‘Building your Resilience’. This is developing individual strengths and abilities to “bounce back” from challenges and setbacks that life presents us with. Facilitator: Linda Thorpe, Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland Time: 1.10-1.50pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Afternoon Seminar – Building Resilience Together One of the best ways to maintain good mental health is by ‘Building your Resilience’. This is developing individual strengths and abilities to “bounce back” from challenges and setbacks that life presents us with. Facilitator: Linda Thorpe, Development Officer, Mental Health Ireland. Time: 3-4pm Venue: Forward Steps Resource Centre, Tullow

Cupcake Campaign Launch – for Young People Based on the success of the cupcake conferences in 2011 and 2012, the young people of Carlow Regional Youth Service are launching a year long campaign to promote positive mental health among young people in Carlow. Organised by: Carlow Regional Youth Services Time: 6pm Venue: Bishop House, Tullow

Evening Seminar -Top Transformation Tips – Become your Real Self Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical psychologist, best known to most people from his role on RTE’s “Operation Transformation” is inviting you to a talk on ‘Top Transformation Tips - Becoming Your Real Self. This inspiring talk is free and all are welcome. Importantly, no questions will be asked just sit back listen & enjoy. www.dreddiemurphy.ie Time: 7.30-9pm Venue: Talbot Hotel, Graiguecullen

Evening Seminar – Substance Use and Young People Workers from the HSE, the Aislinn Centre and Carlow Regional Youth Services discuss substance use and young people, in particular cannabis use. This discussion will include drug prevention tips as well as highlight the effects of substance use on mental health and provide information on local services available to young people and families. Time: 7.30pm Venue: Rainbow Room


For further information contact 085 8181353.

WEDNESDAY

MENSANA FEST

Beat The Autumn Blues A coffee morning and workshop about the realisation that we all have stresses in our lives. This workshop gives tips on way to deal with those stresses. Organised by: Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre Facilitator: Marie Kane Time: 11am Venue: Family Resource Centre, Bagenalstown

Lunch Time Seminar – Men’s Health 10 things men can do towards better. Mental Health & how the messages we pick up as boys can act as a barrier to better health for men. Facilitator: Lorcan Brennan, Men’s Development Network Time: 1.10-1.50pm Venue: Rainbow Room

SafeTALK

SafeTALK is a 31/2 hour suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to be suicide alert helpers. Suitable for frontline workers, youth leaders and teachers. Facilitator: John Kennedy, Regional Suicide Resource Office, HSE Time: 6.30-10pm Venue: Borris Hall Pre Book: Booking Essential, call Irene on 085 8181353 or email: carlowmentalhealth@hotmail.com

Sporting Your Mental Health Come and join us for our ‘Get Active Sports Night’ where you can sample and discuss the benefits of different physical activities such as Zumba, tennis, tag rugby, basketball. Meet local clubs and get involved in something new. For further information contact jdonohoe@carlowdevelopment.ie Organised By: County Carlow Development Partnership Time: 7.30pm Venue: Presentation School, Askea, Carlow

Gratitude A workshop on the one thing we can all practice in life that directly leads to Happiness.... ‘Gratitude’. It’s not complicated it is simply the ability to awaken our awareness of life’s endless treasures. Facilitator: By Stephen Dargan, owner and facilitator at ‘Wake Up!’ Time: 7.30 Venue: Rainbow Room

BUILDING RESILIENCE Tip 1: Have the courage to be imperfect. Tip 2: Take time for yourself. Tip 3: Sign up for that course, join that club.


ACTIVITIES FOR DATE

EVENT DETAILS

Sun 6th Oct

Mensana Launch - Box of Frogs

Mon 7th Oct

Lunchtime Seminar Introduction to Mindfulness Nutrition and Mental Health Demystify This – Magic Show Mindfulness and Difficult Emotions Mindfulness and Self-Healing Nutrition and Mental Health Evening Seminar - LGBT and Mental Health

Tues 8th Oct

The Happy Movie Lunchtime Seminar: Building Resilience Together Afternoon Seminar: Building Resilience Together Launch of Cupcake Campaign Evening Seminar: Top Transformation Tips – Becoming Your Real Self Evening Seminar: Substance Use & Young People

Wed 9th Oct

Beat the Autumn Blues Lunchtime Seminar: Men’s Health SafeTALK Sporting Your Mental Health Gratitude

Thurs 10th Oct

Zumba Gold – for the over 65s Food For Friendship with Carlow Integration Forum Holistic Night

Fri 11th Oct

Launch of ‘Critical Incident Protocol’ Lunchtime Seminar: Mental Health and the Community Reminiscing with Youth The Happy Movie Mental Health Mile for Young People Shiny Happy Music – Youth Singer Song Writer Competition St Leos College TY Event

Sat 12th Oct

Walk for your Mental Health Family Yoga Fishing – Try it out Drama Workshop Global Voices: Expression of Diversity


MENSANA FEST LOCATION

TIME

George Bernard Shaw Theatre

8pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow Town St Dympna’s Hospital, Carlow Town Barrow Centre, Carlow IT Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town

1.10–1.50pm 2.30-3.30pm 5pm 3-5 pm 6-8 pm 7pm 8pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Forward Steps, Tullow Bishops House, Tullow The Talbot Hotel, Griaguecullen

10:30-12pm 1.10–1.50pm 3-4pm 6 pm 7.30-9pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow

7.30pm

Family Resource Centre, Bagenalstown Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Borris Hall, Borris Presentation College, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town

11am 1.10-1.50pm 6.30-10pm 7:30pm 7.30-9.30pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Rainbow Cafe, Carlow Town

11am 1-3pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow Town

7pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town

11am 1.10-1.50pm

Forward Steps, Tullow Rainbow Room, Carlow Town St Laurence O’Toole, Carlow Town The Vault, Carlow Town

2:30-4:30pm 3-4.30pm 5pm 7-9pm

Rainbow Room, Carlow Town

8.30pm

Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge Rainbow Room, Carlow Town River Barrow, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town Rainbow Room, Carlow Town

10am 1-2pm 11am 2-4pm 6.30pm


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, no booking necessary, unless other wise stated.

THURSDAY

MENSANA FEST

Zumba Gold – 0ver 65s Zumba Gold is based on the same dance moves used in the original Zumba class. The Gold class, however, is less intense, with dance routines designed for beginners and older adults using modified movements. Facilitator: Phil Slattery Time: 11am-12pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Food for Friendship Food brings people together to share and celebrate friendship. Carlow Integration Forum invites you to the launch of their Food Club to taste dishes from different countries and cultures and to share recipes and stories. Organised by: Carlow Integration Forum Time: 1-3pm Venue: Rainbow Cafe

Holistic Night Come and join us for our holistic night where you can sample and discuss the benefits of complementary & alternative therapies such as yoga, Indian head massage, meditation, hypnotherapy, and reflexology. Time: 7pm Venue: Rainbow Room

BUILDING RESILIENCE Tip 4: B  e active every day in as many ways as

you can. Tip 5: S  pend time with people who make you

feel good. Tip 6: Laugh out loud each day. Tip 7: Get your ZZzz’s. Tip 8: It’s all about team work! Tip 9: Remember, this too shall pass.


For further information contact 085 8181353.

FRIDAY

MENSANA FEST

Launch of ‘Critical Incident Protocol’ Eddie Murphy, HSE Principal Clinical Psychologist, will launch the protocol ‘Psychosocial Response to Major Emergencies & Critical Incidents’. This protocol will coordinate response in the community to major incidents. Organised by: County Carlow Children and Young People’s Services Committee Time: 11am Venue: Rainbow Room

Lunch Time Seminar – Mental Health and the Community Mental Health and the responsibilities of the community Facilitator: Martin Matthews, Shine Time: 1.10-1.50pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Reminiscing with Youth Forward Steps bring older people together with younger people for an afternoon to share positive life experiences and stories. Organised by: Forward Steps Resource Centre Time: 2:30-4:30pm Venue: Forward Steps, Tullow

The Happy Movie Happy is a 2011 feature documentary film. It explores human happiness through interviews with people from all walks of life in 14 different countries, weaving in the newest findings of positive psychology. Time: 10.30am-12pm Venue: Rainbow Room

Youth Mental Health Mile This is open to all young people. We want to encourage young people to look after their mental health and de-stress with exercise. You can run or walk the mile. For further information contact Tracey@carlowys.ie Organised by: Carlow Regional Youth Services Time: 5-6pm Venue: St Laurence O’Toole, Askea, Carlow

Shiny Happy Music This singer song writer event for 12-18 year olds promotes the importance in of music young people’s lives. Music is one of the top three coping strategies that young people use as reported in Headstrong’s My World research. For further information and to register for this competition contact paulalmond@carlowys.ie Organised by: Carlow Regional Youth Services Time: 7-9pm Venue: The Vault, Burrin Street, Carlow

St Leo’s College Transition Year Project An event for young people organised by young people, check out www.carlowmentalhealth.ie for further details. Time: 8.30pm Venue: Rainbow Room


ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, no booking necessary, unless other wise stated. For further information contact 085 8181353.

SATURDAY

MENSANA FEST

Walk for your Mental Health Walk the river and countryside 8km (approx) loop from Leighlinbridge to Bagenalstown. Time: 10am Venue: Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge

Fishing –Try it Out Have you ever wanted to try out fishing? Now is your chance, all equipment provided. Facilitator: Carlow Coarse Angling Club Time: 11am Venue: The Barrow Track, (adjacent to Carlow Town Park), Carlow Town

Family Yoga This family yoga taster session is a time for children with parents/ grandparents to come together to practice yoga in a fun way. Suitable for - The Whole Family!! Facilitator: Marian Nolan Time: 1-2pm Venue: Rainbow Room Pre Book: To book a place call Irene 085 8181353 or email carlowmentalhealth@hotmail.com

Drama Workshop The workshop will be conducted in an informal manner. Fun is the main objective of the day. No previous acting or drama skills are required other than the ability to not take yourself too seriously. The workshop will provide an opportunity for immense fun for all those over the age of 18yrs. Facilitator: Marc Grogan, Carlow Little Theatre Time: 2-4pm Venue: Rainbow Room Pre Book: To book a place call Irene 085 8181353 or email carlowmentalhealth@hotmail.com

Global Voices: Expression of Diversity If Music is a Universal Language then this event will showcase the diverse richness of that language within communities. We welcome all nationalities to share their native vocal sound through song in a declaration of Collective Positivity. Feel free to bring instruments, wear native dress or bring sheet music as we sing our cares away and raise the roof in Harmony as Mensana Week comes to a close. Facilitator: Mary Almond O Brien Time: 6.30pm Venue: Rainbow Room

BUILDING RESILIENCE Tip 10: Talk out your troubles.


MENSANA FEST USEFUL CARLOW CONTACTS Askea Parish Centre 059 9131323 Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre 059 9723196 CCDP – Carlow County Development Partnership 059 9720733 Carlow Citizen Information Centre 0761 01 5130 Carlow Mental Health Services 059 9136301 Carlow Rape Crisis Centre 1800 727737 Carlow Regional Youth Service 059 9130476 Forward Steps Family Resource Centre Tullow 059 9152776 MABS – Money Advice Budgeting Service 059 9140977 St Catherine’s Community Services Centre 059 9138700 Talk it Over – Suicide Bereavement Support Group 1850 201 249 Teach Bride Tullow – Counselling and Support 059 9152465

NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS WITH LOCAL OFFICES Grow Mental Health Movement 0567761624 Comhair (Adult Counselling Service) 1800 234 118 Samaritans 1850 609090

NATIONAL HELP LINES & WEBSITES Aware (24 hours) 1890 303 302 Teen line 1800 833 634 Heads Up Text service 50424 Mental Health Ireland www.mentalhealthireland.ie


CARLOW MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION We are a voluntary organisation affiliated to Mental Health Ireland. We aim to promote positive mental health in Carlow.

Join us for our 4th Annual Mensana Festival. MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS County Carlow Development Partnership are organising Mental Health Workshops in schools in County Carlow to coincide with Mensana Fest.

Rainbow Cafe Rainbow Café is our Mensana ‘Pop Up Café’, located on Burrin Street, Carlow (beside Supermacs). This will be the focal point for our weeks activities. We will open Monday 7th October until Sat 12th October from 10am to 6pm daily and some days later for planned events.

Tea/Coffee: €1

Cakes: €1

(Goodies sponsored by local supermarkets and bakeries.)

Rainbow Room This is a space in Deighton Hall that we will be using for most of the Carlow based events.

Carlow Mental Health Association Phone: 085 8181353 Email: carlowmentalhealth@hotmail.com www.carlowmentalhealth.ie

This leaflet was funded by Carlow County Development Partnership.


Mensana fest 2013