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A voluntary network of mental health professionals has been created to support frontline workers in Ireland during the Covid-19 crisis. Covid Cara was established by Linda Bhreathnach, the award-winning writer and director who recently graduated with a M.A. in Psychology.
According to the 2016 Census, there were over 643,000 people living in Ireland with a disability. That means 13.5 per cent, or one in seven people in Ireland with a disability. Data from 2015 told us that 132,000 people with disabilities were living in consistent poverty.
At the moment we do not have individual control of what is happening externally, however as a community we have 100 per cent control by doing what our Government and our health professionals are asking us to do. If we follow what we are asked to do then that is our best chance to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Mental Health Ireland has shared five simple actions we can all take to protect our mental health and maintain positive wellbeing during uncertain and challenging times.
African women and women of African descent will gather in Galway this weekend to hold discussions on how racism and cancer affect women’s mental health, and to honour various women and organisations.
I have noticed one issue that seems to have been forgotten when the party leaders debated in NUIG last Monday is the epidemic we have around mental health and suicide. There seems to be a reluctance in some quarters to talk about mental well being and issues we have amongst our younger generation, although not excusive to this generation.In June 2017 I contacted Minister Bruton (Education Minister at the time) with the suggestion of including positive well being and mental health awareness into the school curriculum but not to increase the workload on teachers.
Just as we require healthcare services for physical ailments, we also require a system which treats our good mental health as a priority. Physical and mental health are inextricably linked and in this day and age, any world class health service must treat our minds as well as our bodies.
A group of well-known disability charities who form The Disability Action Coalition, are inviting all general election candidates in Mayo to an important meeting in Enable Ireland’s service in Castlebar where they will be asked to commit to secure funding for disability services by the next Government.
At the last Council meeting of the year, Councillor Clodagh Higgins proposed a motion calling for Galway City Council to undertake a feasibility study to provide for a Changing Places Accessible facility in the city.
Westmeath Community Development will host its annual FREE Disability/Older Persons Services and Information event in The Mullingar Park Hotel on Monday, December 2, from 11am to 2.30pm.