Mental health events for parents and those working with young people will be run by Cork County Council all around Cork in March/April. At such a crucial time in the world when it comes to mental health, everyone is encouraged everyone to attend.
Healthy Ireland at Cork County Council are coordinating these events with local Skibbereen advocate Alicia O’ Sullivan, following the on-going success of ‘TeenTalks’, a mental health event for teenagers which encourages them to speak up about problems or worries in their lives.
The events, which are taking place in Bantry, Charleville and Little Island, will host a range
of speakers including – digital entrepreneur Harry McCann, Youth Officer TJ Hourihane, LGBT
advocate and full time Mom Kirstyn Donoghue, Mental health youth activist Aleesha Weigandt
The aim of these events is to open up communication between parents and their children on
important issues. Commenting on the upcoming events Alicia says “We are in a time where
unfortunately, young people hide a lot from their parents. Especially now when the internet plays such a huge role in our lives. Sometimes it is the normality of being a stubborn teenager, but, as
we’ve all realised in Ireland, more and more teenagers are hiding very concerning issues from their parents and we need to start this open communication now to prevent any more horrible news stories. “
The events will take place in Charleville at the Charlevile Park Hotel on March 26, in Little Island at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa on March 31, and in Bantry at the Westlodge Hotel on April 2. All the events are at 7pm.
“The sad truth,” Alicia adds. “It’s usually the parents who least expect it to be their child who are the ones who have to face a harsh truth. We want to overcome this, and we invite all parents to attend.”
Tickets for the event are free and can be found through Eventbrite and through the @Generetionz1 Facebook page.