Free Events for Kerry Mental Health & Well-being October Fest

At the launch of the Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest in Listowel were:  Deirdre Hegarty, Healthy Kerry Coordinator; Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, Geraldine O’Sullivan, Manager Kerry Volunteer Centre;  Donagh Hennebry, chair of Inter-agency Steering Committee/Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention and John Drummey, Kerry Mental Health Association. Photograph: Pauline Dennigan

A programme of free events for the 2021 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest has been launched with a range of activities to suit all ages from October 9th to 16th

The key focus of the week is to promote mental health and wellbeing in Kerry through a fun and interactive programme of online and in-person events.

The Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest aims to create awareness of, and schedule events that empower people to engage with the Five Ways to Well-being: Connect; Give; Take Notice; Keep Learning and Be Active.

Time Out to Learn

The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Jimmy Moloney, who launched this year’s Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, said that he past 18 months, more than any other time in our lives, has taught us how we need to mind our mental health.

“During this year’s Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, I’m encouraging everyone in the county to take time out to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others around the topic of mental health and well-being. We should also encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available,” said Mayor Moloney.

Highlighted Annually

Organised by an inter-agency steering group, the Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest is held annually to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10th.

“We are grateful to the many people who have put their names forward to host a range of fun and interactive events that will promote mental health and well-being in Kerry,” said Donagh Hennebry,

chair of the steering committee and resource officer for suicide prevention in Kerry.

Emphasis on Community

“The emphasis on community and the role that we can all play in ensuring our own mental health, and that of our friends and family, is strong.

“Many events are online again this year due to Covid, but this gives us an opportunity to widen our reach to welcome festival-goers to enjoy a virtual experience from afar,” he said.

The organising committee is a collaboration between: Connecting for Life Kerry; Healthy Kerry; Kerry County Council; the HSE; NEWKD; SKDP; Kerry Mental Health Association; Jigsaw Kerry; Munster Technological University/Kerry and Kerry Volunteer Centre.

Events Free – Registration Essential

All events are free. Registration is essential and can be done by contacting the organiser of that event directly or use the registration links provided in the brochure. 

To see the full event schedule with a click on the link here:

For general enquiries about the Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, you’re invited to email:

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