With Limerick currently hosting its Mental Health Week (October 8-October 15), events have been taking place across the city and county to mark the occasion.
One such event was the Ilen sailing from the Shannon estuary to the Clayton Hotel in Limerick city on Friday, October 8.
Mayor of Limerick Daniel Butler began the week with a commemoration for the 294 people from Limerick who lost their lives to Covid over the course of the pandemic.
Limerick Mental Health Association is in high demand for its services as Limerick has the highest rates of suicides in the country and the highest of rates among young adult males.
The week, now in its 16th year, promises to be an action packed week with activities in person and online to promote positive mental health across the county.
Speaking to Limerick Voice, Dr Lisa O Rourke Scott, the chairperson of Limerick Mental Health Association said: “looking after your mental health is every bit as important as looking after your physical health, and that’s why this week is so important.”
“We would like for as many people as possible to get involved in the week whether that be joining an event in person or logging in online,” she said.
‘Geography is no longer an issue’
Claire Flynn of Mental Health Ireland says that one of the upsides of having these events online is that “geography is no longer an issue.”
“You don’t have to be from Limerick to benefit from the events, there’s nobody checking a covid passport at the door and that is what the week is all about – including as many people as possible.
From yoga classes to a human library online forum, where people share their own personal struggles with different aspects of mental health, to an art exhibition of suicide and mental health through the eyes of the youth on Tuesday, there is something for everyone this week.
Mayor of Limerick Daniel Butler said: “The past 18 months has proved challenging for many individuals in Limerick and Limerick Mental Health Association has seen a huge increase in the demand for services.”
He called on the people of Limerick to get involved as much as possible and to share the events on social media.
If you want to know about Limerick Mental Health Week and how you can get involved, check out their website.