Kerry’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest
10th – 17th October 2020
The 2020 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest, #kerrymhwfest, will take place from 10 – 17 October.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on daily life, it is important now more than ever that we take care of our mental health and wellbeing. The 2020 Fest has scheduled a series of online and outdoor events that empower people to engage with the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Please check back here at a later date to see the full programme of events for 2020!
Kerry’s first Health and Wellbeing Week was held in October 2018. This project was collaboratively led by the HSE Cork Kerry Community Healthcare through Connecting for Life, and Kerry County Council through Healthy Kerry. A dedicated committee of local support services and organisations came together to plan a series of 49 events to celebrate World Mental Health Day, here in Kerry.
There was something for everyone – from runs to walks, arts and craft to indoor bowls, coffee mornings to movie nights, workplace wellbeing to parenting information, mindfulness to volunteering, wellbeing workshops to seminars on grief and loss. Hundreds of people participated in the events throughout the week and feedback from participants was positive.
Following the enormous success of the 2018 festival, the interagency committee held a two week long Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest in 2019. About 300 people in total attended the 100 events that were held across the county! Feedback from the participants was again extremely positive and the committee are planning the next Fest to take place from 10-17 October 2020.
Each year, the Fest aims to promote a positive sense of wellbeing and to highlight mental health services and supports which are available to people in need in the county. Everyone in the county is encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with others around the topic of mental health and wellbeing, and to encourage anyone with mental health issues to reach out and avail of supports and services available. Central to the Fest is the promotion of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.