Kerry Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest

9th – 16th October 2021

Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest, #kerrymhwfest, will take place from 9th -16th October 2021. This Fest is held every year to highlight World Mental Health Day on 10 October.  The organising committee is a collaboration between Connecting for Life Kerry, Healthy Kerry, Kerry County Council, the HSE, NEWKD, SKDP, Kerry Mental Health Association, Jigsaw Kerry, Munster Technological University, Kerry Volunteer Centre and Killorglin Family Resource Centre. 

The interagency steering group would be delighted for you to get involved and show your support for promoting mental health and wellbeing in Kerry.  Since the Fest’s beginning in 2018, the key focus has been on creating awareness of, and scheduling events that empower people to engage with the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect | Give | Take Notice | Keep Learning | Be Active) as well as raising awareness of the available supports and services in the county.

The Fest has a wide reach across Kerry and we want to continue to build on its success in 2021, which we can’t do without you! As such the interagency steering group behind the fest would be delighted for you to get involved and show your support for promoting mental health and wellbeing in Kerry by doing one or both of the following;

  1. Host an event/s that promote the Five Ways to Wellbeing – you can click here to register your interest to host an event for the Fest and here for the guidelines.
  2. And/or, you can simply share Healthy Kerry Facebook and Twitter posts to promote the Fest

Closing date for registering your interest to host an event for the Fest is extended to COB Friday 9th July 2021.

If you have any questions about registration, promotion or the Fest in general, please contact the interagency steering group at: kerrymhwfest20@gmail.com

History of Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest

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.

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.

The Healthy Ireland Fund Supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The Social Inclusion and Commmunity Activation Programme (SICAP) 2018-2022 is funded by the Irish Government through the Department of Rural and Communtity Developement and co-funded by the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion, and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020