Successful Green Ribbon Event in Fermoy


The Fermoy committee of Cork Mental Health Foundation hosted a very informative and entertaining health information seminar and social evening in the beautiful setting of the Anderson Room in the Fermoy Community Youth Centre last week. They welcomed over seventy  friends and neighbours’ from nearby Glanworth Kilworth and Locals in Fermoy to the evening seminar organised in conjunction with Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre and the Fermoy Community Health Network.
 Members of Fermoy branch of Cork Mental Health Foundation Muintir na Tire Cork, and the Fermoy Community Health Project pictured with Helen Looney and Ann Marie Sheehan of the Mental Health Services HSE North Cork, Councillors Frank O'Flynn and Deirdre O Brien  and main speaker Joe Heffernan 
Jacinta McCormack welcomed everybody to Fermoy. She said that they were delighted to host this very important health information seminar. Mr. Finbarr Motherway of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre thanked Fermoy for hosting the seminar and he said he was most impressed by the facilities in Fermoy Community Youth Centre overlooking the beautiful River Blackwater.  Finbarr who is Chairman of the organising committee thanked everybody involved in organising the event and he thanked the HSE Community Work Department North Cork for supporting the event  and especially Jacinta and the local group for all their work in preparing the event. 

This event was part of the Green Ribbon Campaign to encourage people in Ireland to end Mental Health Stigma.   Collaboration was to the fore as the Fermoy branch of Cork Mental Health Foundation Muintir na Tire Cork, and the Fermoy Community Health Project  came  together to hold this great event for older people.

The event entitled Happy Mind, Happy Life. Be Active, Be Aware, Be Involved was a great Evening of Conversation, Tea and Dancing  with a focus on Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing

The evening began with some short talks on mental health and on what was available to older people in the North Cork Area from Helen Looney and Ann Marie Sheehan of the Mental Health Services HSE North Cork.  They also gave some tips as to how you can keep your mind resilient and in good shape. The main speaker was Joe Heffernan who does a weekly radio spot on (C103) each Tuesday on Patricia Messenger's show (North Cork Today) and he gave the audience a lot of food for thought as to how we can build mental health resilience in our daily lives.
The evening continued with light refreshments and dancing to the ever popular John White.



Denis Kelly Community Development Officer 021 4500688

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