PPMW | World Mental Health day
This week's joint article with Inspire Workplaces (in our Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing series) promotes Inspire's activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10th October.
Following on from the resounding success of their first online mental health festival in 2020, they are delighted to unveil its sequel 'The Wellbeing Sessions 2'
Throughout World Mental Health Day, they'll be championing positive, hopeful mental health, focusing on the 5 Steps to Wellbeing and hosting conversations to break the stigma around mental ill health by broadcasting a number of events LIVE on their Facebook page
- 10am: Lighting a creative flame – Comedian Tim McGarry will join Mental Health Champion Siobhan O’Neill and members of the Bolster Community to make candles at the social enterprise’s Newry premises. The group will discuss the value of connection, the importance of doing things you love and the wellbeing power of creativity.
- 11.15am: InspireTalks: Hope in Darkness – Penny McCanny is a prominent campaigner for the decriminalisation of drugs, having lost her son, Aidan, to an accidental overdose in 2013. In this important and moving talk, Penny will reflect on the power of hope during dark times.
- 12.30pm: Café conversations – Food has dominated all kinds of discussions over the last 18 months: access to it, how it impacts on our health, what happens when we can’t afford it and how it defines cultures. In this unique conversation, nutritionist Jane McClenaghan, Méabh Austin (FairShare, a project of CHNI) and Nisha Tandon (Belfast Mela) will cook a meal together and explore the power of food and how it relates to our wellbeing.
- 2.00pm: Inspire Wellbeing Bookclub – Filmed in the beautiful surroundings of the library at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, author Tony Macaulay, Inspire Director Alex Bunting, psychology professor Dr Nichola Rooney and activist Lindsay Robinson will talk about the books that inspired them, the characters and stories that helped shape their understandings of mental ill health and the power of storytelling in breaking stigma and prejudice.
- 3.30pm: Sound Baths with Tessa – Using the surround sound of live instruments (gongs, bowls, bells, rain sticks, etc.) to create a peaceful and soothing environment, sound baths aid meditation and relaxation through their effects on body and mind.
Access the live events at Inspires Facebook page
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