Limerick Mental Health Week 2018 was officially launched at King John’s Castle on Friday night, October 5.
Mayor Daniel Butler was present to kick off the week that will see over twenty-five events take place throughout Limerick under the theme of ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world.”
“Mental health is a serious challenge that our countries and cities are facing,” the Mayor said.
“It’s every citizen’s job, including mine, to talk about the subject of mental health and address the issues of mental health every day.
“The magic of this is that it’s an incredibly social week.”
The launch, which was open to the public, featured artwork from Limerick Youth Services and the Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD).
The works focused largely on mental health from a ‘realistic’ viewpoint, and looked at themes including ‘everyday heroes’ and ‘don’t let your past haunt you.’
“There’s still a lot of problems with anxiety and depression in the art college,” LSAD Student Union President Úna Cahill said. “It’s getting easier to talk about.”
Also present at the launch was Mental Health Ireland Area Development Officer John McElhinney, who praised Limerick Mental Health Week as “exemplary.”
Mr McElhinney stressed the importance of connecting with those around us in a more meaningful way.
“There is a pressure to say I’m grand or I’m well,” he said. “Look for the real answer.”
Limerick Mental Health Week was first launched in 2005, and has since grown to include over forty partner organisations and has become a staple in Limerick’s calendar.
Each day of the week will feature a core event and thirty-minute ‘lunchtime talks’ in the city centre.
This year also features the first annual Limerick Mental Health Fundraising Gala Ball on October 13th.
Director of Limerick Mental Health Week Patrick Fitzgerald closed out the launch by thanking the organising committee for their continued dedication to mental health awareness in the city.
“Let’s get behind this, let’s make it as big as ever,” he said.
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