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Limerick children showcase art in aid of Limerick Mental Health Week

"Happiness is Freedom!" by Thomand College Community College student Lorrayne Murphy

By Michaela Keating

An art exhibition created by children from Limerick city and county has opened in the Hunt Museum this morning in conjunction with Limerick Mental Health Week.

Each piece of art was created under the theme of ‘dignity’ which was selected by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Limerick Mental Health Association collaborated with schools and organisations across the city and county to generate the art including; John Baptist School, Hospital; Thomand Community College,  Limerick; Donoughmore National School, county Limerick, Gaeilscoil Luimnigh, St. Vincent’s Scool, Lisnagry, St. Augustine’s’ School, Sextons St and the Limerick Youth Service.

Limerick Mental Health Week was launched in King John’s Castle on Sunday, with many events and talks programmed for the coming week.

Limerick comedian and ambassador for this year’s Limerick Mental Health week, Karl Spain addressed the crowd and urged people to seek help when necessary.

“It is good to get out there; it is good that we can talk. One life saved, one life improved is one huge leap. Depression and mental illness goes across the board. It doesn’t decide to just pick on a certain type of person, it’s everywhere,” said the comedian.

The Children’s Art Exhibition will run from 10am-5pm daily until October, 16.

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