Kerry’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest to Coincide with World-wide Focus

At the launch of Kerry’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest running from 10th to 17th October are, front: Lorraine Bowler, NEWKD;  Geraldine O’ Sullivan, Kerry Volunteer Centre;  Donagh Hennebry, Resource Officer – Suicide Prevention, HSE and Pat O’ Brien, Kerry Mental Health Association.  Back:  Deirdre Hegarty, Healthy Ireland Coordinator, Kerry County Council (left) with Caoimhe Keogan, Jigsaw Kerry. Photograph: Pauline Dennigan

Hundreds of people have attended Kerry’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest each year since it was inaugurated in 2018.

This year’s week-long programme of events between 10 and 17 October will be a little different with many events taking place outdoors and online.

Mental Health More Important Than Ever

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the events aimed at promoting good mental health are probably more important than ever.

An interagency committee, which is supported by Cork-Kerry HSE and Kerry County Council, have organised a range of events including wellbeing workshops, seminars, walks, coffee mornings, mindfulness and activity sessions.

A Week in October

The fest will coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10th and runs to the following Saturday, October 17th.

Among the highlights will be Forest Therapy, mindfulness and meditation sessions, coffee mornings, walks, wellbeing in the workplace workshops, self-care workshops, Zumba and yoga classes and more.

Time Out to Reflect and Engage

The event aims to promote a positive sense of wellbeing and will highlight mental health services and supports which are available to people in need in the county.

Everyone is encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing, and to encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available.

Mayor Impact Aware

Launching the programme of events this week, the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, explained that he is hugely aware of the mental health and wellbeing impact that this pandemic has had on people across the county.

“It’s very important, this year especially, that the Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest is held to highlight the mental health services and supports that are available to people across the county. While observing the public health guidelines, the Fest offers an opportunity to connect with people and engage in activities that supports people’s overall health and wellbeing,” he said.

Agencies Working Together

Donagh Hennebry, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare with the HSE, said that the programme of events has come together with the support of all the local statutory agencies working together with the very positive input of community and voluntary groups all over Kerry.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

This year the Cork and Kerry Fests will be held simultaneously in an effort to further highlight the support for mental health and wellbeing across the region and extend the reach of the message of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.’

Full Event Programme On-line….

Full details of the programme of events are now available on the Healthy Kerry and Kerry County Council websites at: