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A guided woodland walk at the Vandeleur Walled Gardens and Woods is one of the events in west Clare to mark Mental Health Week 2021. Photograph by John Kelly.

Variety of events for ‘Mental Health Week 2021’ in West Clare


THE West Clare Mental Health Association is hosting a number of events to mark Mental Health Week 2021, writes Owen Ryan.

On Thursday October 7 there will be a Facebook live event on The Lighthouse’s page with music and chat on The Lighthouse Page.

Hosted by Marie Nolan and Breda Latham, the guests will include Paul Clegg, Edel Burke, Jessey McNamara and Marie Nolan.

Then on Friday, October 8 from 7-9pm there will be Farm Connect event at Curtins Farm, in Lacken, Kilmihil, which has the Eircode V15E197. Guest speakers will be former rugby star and farmer John Hayes and George Graham, a farmer and chairman of Awareness Head to Toe, a voluntary group which promotes physical and mental health, as well as farm safety.

At 11am on the morning of Saturday, October 9, there will be a guided woodland walk at the Vandeleur Walled Gardens and Woods. It will be led by botanist Eanna Ní Lamhna.

Ms Ní Lamhna has broadcast on RTE about wildlife for over 30 years, while she also has a regular wildlife slot on Virgin Media’s Six O’Clock show.

At 2.30pm on Sunday, October 10 people are asked to come for a walk and talk with a friend, four or two legged, at Kilkee beach, beginning at the East End Car Park.

On Monday October 11 there will be a Zoom webinar given by Dr Sharon Lambert. A Clare native, she has worked at UCC’s school of Applied Psychology for seven years, following a number of years working within community based settings that provided supports to marginalised groups.

Her research interests revolve primarily around the impact of trauma on development, its link with substance dependence and mental health, and consequent considerations for service design and delivery.

To book a place at the webinar email westclaremha@mentalhealthireland.ie.

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