‘Crying need’ for city based mental health charity, councillor says

A local city councillor has highlighted the “crying need” for a city based charity which addresses mental health issues among young people.

Councillor Neil McNelis was speaking at the launch of Annie’s Ball which takes place in the autumn and is in aid of the Positive Mental Health Foundation. It runs workshops in schools which encourage young people to communicate more openly about their feelings and the issues which affect them.

Councillor Neil McNelis spoke of the crying need for such an initiative. He referred to the stigma still surrounding mental illness, the reluctance of teenagers to talk or express sadness and the lack of hospital beds for young people affected by mental ill health.

“Doing good things for others for no selfish reasons” is the foundation’s motto. Two of its facilitators spoke about their work in schools and the many ways in which it enlightens both themselves and the students.

Annie’s Ball takes place in the Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, on October 3. It comprises a four course banquet, live music from the West Coast Big Band, dancing and great prizes.

For more information or to book tickets contact Charlene at (087 ) 2600802 or Violet at (091 ) 596567 or log onto www.positivementalhealth.ie

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