With more than 5,000 students reached, at some 40 schools around Galway, and three nominations at the Mayoral Awards 2016, the Positive Mental Health foundation has significantly improved the lives of many people throughout the city, and raised some much needed awareness.
For the last decade, the PMH foundation has worked tirelessly against the odds and greatly improved societal and mental health standards within Galway.
The foundation focuses on young adults, with the intention of planting seeds of resilience, and wellbeing, through education, communication, and confidence.
“The damning figures of our national mental health issues have not noticeably dwindled, whereas government funding has taken an alarming tumble,” said the chairperson of the PMH.
The programme, which is extended to transition year students, aims to provide methods of prevention, intervention, and inclusion, and is delivered through a series of educational classroom activities.
It aims to foster psychological wellbeing, reduce the stigma which is inherently attached to mental health, and enable students to create a budding self-confidence which will see them achieve success in their lives.
The organisation has been nominated three times in the Mayoral Awards 2016 for contribution to mental health in the Galway community.
It also provides free training for those interested in becoming volunteer facilitators of the programme in order to help expand its horizons and reach those in need.
With minimal HSE funding, the PMH wants to recruit and train as many people as possible for fear that funding levels will not be replenished, leaving the organisation to be run solely be the support of Galway locals.
Facilitator training will take place on two consecutive Saturdays in August, 20 and 27, with the end goal of creating a team capable of monitoring the mental health agenda in Galway.
Annie’s Summer BBQ is the annual fundraiser for the foundation, and will take place on Saturday June 25 in the Clybaun Hotel, Galway.
For more information, email [email protected], call 091 592179, or search Positive Mental Health foundation on Facebook and Twitter.