Waterford people can avail of funded 'wellness places' to protect mental health

Justin Kelly

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Waterford people can avail of funded 'wellness places' to protect mental health

Waterford people can avail of funded 'wellness places' to protect mental health

As winter sets in it’s a great time to take a step back and invest in our mental health and wellbeing.

People in Waterford are being offered the chance to do just that with a limited number of fully funded places being offered on two popular wellness programmes taking place in Dungarvan this November.

These are being made available by Suicide or Survive (SOS), a pioneering national charity, whose work in Waterford is made possible thanks to local fundraising efforts championed by Cllr Liam Brazil.

The programmes are open to everyone and those interested have the option of investing in a one-day Wellness Workshop, which takes place on Thursday November 8. There’s also a two and half day Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) programme takes places over two and half days on November 17 and 24, and a half day on December 1. Both take place at the Park Hotel in Dungarvan.

According to Caroline McGuigan, the founder and CEO of SOS, the opportunities present a great opportunity for people to learn practical tips and tools for health, happiness and wellbeing.

“The Wellness Workshop is a great day for you to take time out and learn a wide range of practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness. These one-day workshops aim to help you understand and take charge of your own mental health. The workshop is for anyone and everyone and all attending will be assured of a warm welcome and a lovely day out connecting with like-minded people.”

The workshops are facilitated by people with both lived life experience of mental health difficulties, and people with experience of working in various mental health arenas. The Wellness Workshop on November 8th runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and includes regular refreshments and a light lunch. A comprehensive Wellness Workbook to support you in maintaining your daily wellness is also included.

The internationally recognised WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) programme is a similar offering that explores wellness in more depth and helps people put in place good systems to help maintain their health. This is a 2.5-day programme (November 17th, 24th and December 1st) that helps you develop your own personally tailored Wellness Action Plan that you can use on a day-to-day basis to manage your wellness and that you can use if you become unwell to restore it. WRAP takes place over 3 consecutive weeks – to complete the programme please ensure you are free for all the dates specified. The first two days run from 9.30am to 4pm. The final day runs from 9.30am to 1pm.

Places are filling up fast on both programmes and people interested in attending can do so by registering online at www.suicideorsurvive.ie or by calling Tel LoCall 1890 577 577 or 01 272 2158.