Moving Your Mind initiative launched

Pictured in Castlebar Leisure complex, a group of speakers and organisers at the launch of Mayo Mental Health Association Moving Your Mind. Were Evan Regan (Nutritionist), Niall Dunne (Manager MMHA), Lianne McManamon (MMHA), Seamus Tuohy (Mayo GAA) and Andy Moran (The Movement) Photo: Ken Wright.

Pictured in Castlebar Leisure complex, a group of speakers and organisers at the launch of Mayo Mental Health Association Moving Your Mind. Were Evan Regan (Nutritionist), Niall Dunne (Manager MMHA), Lianne McManamon (MMHA), Seamus Tuohy (Mayo GAA) and Andy Moran (The Movement) Photo: Ken Wright.

Mayo Mental Health Association in partnership with the HSE, The Movement, Castlebar, Mayo GAA and Healthy Ireland, recently held the launch of the Moving your Mind Initiative 2019 in the New Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh.

With last year’s events having proved to be a great success, it has been decided to facilitate the programme again this year in four different clubs; Burrishoole GAA, Ballina Stephenites GAA, Ballaghaderreen GAA and The Neale GAA.

The events have been designed and developed to showcase how exercise and good nutrition can promote positive mental health and wellbeing within rural communities. The staging of the event in the various locations is an effort to capture every region within the county.

The guest speakers for the event this year will include Seamus Tuohy, Mayo Mental Health Services/Mayo GAA; Andy Moran, The Movement Gyms; Lianne McManamon, Mayo Mental Health Association; Evan Regan Nutrition and Neil Douglas Yoga/Meditation.

Andy Moran will discuss exercise and its importance to the individual and the wider community. He will also talk about the impact clubs and societies can have on rural communities and will also delve into task management and how best to fit exercise into your daily routine. Finally, he will look at the social impact of exercise within communities.

Evan Regan will cover the importance of nutrition for a healthy body and a healthy mind using an interactive presentation.

Neil Douglas will talk about the impact Yoga and stretching can have on all generations and will also discuss the positive influence meditation can have on a person’s outlook in difficult situations. He will then facilitate a short demonstration on the practice of yoga and meditation.

Lianne McManamon, as Mental Health Promotion Officer with Mayo MHA, will round up the evening in relation to how exercise, nutrition and yoga/meditation promote positive mental health and wellbeing and also speak on the importance of Community Mental Health and Wellbeing; the use of language and its influence on those around us and information on supports available through Mayo MHA. Following on from this there will be a short round of questions and answers to bring each session to a close.

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