Kerry’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Fest

Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest, #kerrymhwfest, will take place from 10 – 17 October 2020 and we, the interagency steering group, would be delighted for you to get involved and show your support for promoting mental health and wellbeing in Kerry.  The Fest has been very successful each year and has had a wide reach across the county.

We understand that many group activities have been restricted by COVID-19 and as such the options for involvement are considerate of the challenges you are currently experiencing.  We are asking that you show your support for promoting wellbeing locally by:

  1. Promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing, for example in your community notes, social media posts, emails etc.
  2. Sharing Healthy Kerry Facebook and Twitter social media posts (where possible)
  3. Displaying the event schedule prior to the week of the Fest

AND (optional)

4. Hosting event(s) that promotes mental health and wellbeing during the Fest

In order to register and allow us to acknowledge your or your organisation’s involvement and support for the 2020 Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest, we need you to complete and return this registration form by Friday, 21st August 2020 via email to kerrymhwfest20@gmail.com 

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). Due to the impact of Covid-19 on daily life it is important now more than ever that we support one another’s mental health and create awareness of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

We look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your registration form.

Kindest Regards,

Kerry Mental Health and Wellbeing Fest Committee.

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.