We live in these busy times. when there is so much focus on physical well-being it can be hard to make time to also look after our mental health. The good people at Limerick Mental Health Association have just made that job a whole lot easier. October 10th is International Mental Health Day. And in Limerick there will be a full week of events planned to cater for everyone.
Why not start off your weekend on Saturday 7th October at the Limerick Park Run. Meeting at the Boathouse in the University of Limerick, this run takes place every Saturday at 9.30. It is completely free to enter. Runners of all abilities are welcome. Their motto is ‘Turn up, run and have fun’ and we couldn’t agree more. You will feel so virtuous after this early morning exercise that the rest of the weekend can’t but be faced with optimism.
Family Fun Day
After your run, why not bring the children into Bedford Road in the heart of the city, for a family fun day. Starting at 12 and running until 4pm on Sat 7th there will be face-painting, music and lots more. It’s a great way to celebrate your city and to connect with the community.
The Hunt Museum
The Hunt Museum has lined up some really interesting talks and events during this week-long festival. One that caught our eye is the lunchtime lecture by Arta Runika on Monday 9th October from 1-2 pm. This features the topical theme of how a Parents Well-being can affect a Child’s well-being. A holistic therapist, Arta will have lots of advice on how to find the balance in life, mind, body and soul, for parents and non-parents alike. And if you have ever wondered what is Ho’oponopono, you will be able to find out all about this Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and healing on Wed 11th.
Also on Monday 9th Croom Family Resource Centre will have a talk on Rural Isolation. Featuring information on crime prevention, mental health and suicide awareness, this talk should be compulsory for all of us who know someone living on their own in rural Ireland.
Tuesday 10th will see students and members of the wider community gather on the UL campus for a Remembrance Walk. A time to join together united in remembering our own loved ones, particularly those who may have suffered as a result of mental health issues. On Wednesday 11th October in the Millennium Theatre, John Lonergan and Caroline Crotty will give their unique insight into ‘How to be Happy and Content’.
Mental Health in the Workplace
The overarching theme of the week is Mental Health in the Workplace. The Bank of Ireland on O’Connell Street will be hosting a panel discussion on this very issue. There will be a lively conversation with both industry and wellness professionals. And there are sure to be some interesting talking points. Refreshments are provided and the event is open to all.
Finally on Thursday 12th the fabulous Lime Tree Theatre will host a special screening of Sanctuary. This is described as a brave movie about intellectual disability. A brilliant mixture of humour and serious combine as you follow the exploits of a group of adults with Intellectual disabilities who break free from their supervisor on a pre-Christmas outing to Galway
There will be so many events happening over this special week in Limerick. At a time when we are all rushing about it is good to take stock every now and then, to listen to experts and think about our mental health and wellbeing. Thanks to the organisers for an amazing program.
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Finally, all information correct at time of publishing. You should always check with the event organiser before you travel.