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Limerick Mental Health Week launch at King John’s Castle

Patrick Fitzgerald, Director of Limerick Mental Health Week, Martin Rogan, CEO Mental Health Ireland, Dr Jennifer McMahon, Chairperson Limerick Mental Health Association, Mayor Stephen Keary, Niall O'Callaghan, Managing Director Shannon Heritage and Julianne Hennelly, Coordinator Limerick Mental Health Week. Picture: Cian Reinhardt
Photo: Cian Reinhardt
Patrick Fitzgerald, Director of Limerick Mental Health Week, Martin Rogan, CEO Mental Health Ireland, Dr Jennifer McMahon, Chairperson Limerick Mental Health Association, Mayor Stephen Keary, Niall O'Callaghan, Managing Director Shannon Heritage and Julianne Hennelly, Coordinator Limerick Mental Health Week. Picture: Cian Reinhardt

Patrick Fitzgerald, Director of Limerick Mental Health Week, Martin Rogan, CEO Mental Health Ireland, Dr Jennifer McMahon, Chairperson Limerick Mental Health Association, Mayor Stephen Keary, Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director Shannon Heritage and Julianne Hennelly, Coordinator Limerick Mental Health Week. Picture: Cian Reinhardt

Huge crowds attended the launch of Limerick Mental Health Week this evening, Friday October 6, at King John’s Castle.

The evening was an interactive one with an music, art and performing arts pieces outside the venue.

Gina Lu. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

Gina Lu. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

Gina Lu and Voice Kids UK star Adam Maloney lended their muscial talents before the speakers addressed the crowds.

Adam Maloney. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

Adam Maloney. Photo: Cian Reinhardt

Mayor of Limerick City and County Stephen Keary began the speeches for the evening.

“I am delighted to be here. I have been asked to attend many events during my time as Mayor and this is one of the most important events I’ve attended.

Mental health is an issue that affects us all. This week illustrates the strides being taken involving mental health in Ireland,” said Mr Keary.

He gave special mention to the rural isolation talk on Monday October 9 in Croom.

“It’s important to attend the talk if you are living in a local community. Communities show their true nature in times of strife,” he added.

CEO of Mental Health Ireland Martin Rogan commented on Limerick’s ‘outreach and embrace’.

He said, “You know something is happening in the city when you enter it. There’s a remarkable bond here. It’s a great priviledge to be here.”

Chairperson of Limerick Mental Health Association Dr Jennifer McMahon spoke about the ever increasing numbers of people attending the launch and thanked the 36 organisations involved in the week.

Limerick School of Art & Design (LSAD) Students Union President Ciara Smyth and Vice-president Aisling Grory were two of the younger speakers at the event. The students spoke about the artwork LSAD students produced, along with members of Le Chéile, for the evening.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is Mental Health in the Workplace.

Julianne Hennely, Coordinator Limerick Mental Health Week. Picture: Cian Reinhardt

Julianne Hennely, Coordinator Limerick Mental Health Week. Picture: Cian Reinhardt

Mental Health Week begins from Friday 6 October to Friday 13 October.

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