Festival looks to mental wellbeing


CARLOW Mental Health Association are delighted to celebrate 10 years providing the Mensana Fest, a mental health festival in Carlow. 

“We are very proud that we now in our 10th year,” says Kathleen Chada, Chairperson of the association. “We hope that this year’s festival will offer everybody who joins us, new insights, highlight ongoing support structures as well as providing the opportunity to find new ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing.”

The festival runs from October 10th to 14th and with such diverse range of activities planned, in fact something for everyone. Every year the organisation tries to bring something new to the Mental Health Festival, and this year, the Carlow Town based events are based in the beautiful An Gairdin Beo, on the Old Dublin Road, (beside St Leo’s), this beautiful and tranquil space offers several training rooms as well as stunning gardens, within which the wide variety of Mensana Festival events will be held.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to drop into the Connect Café in An Gairdin Beo, for a cuppa and a chat from Thursday, October 10th until Saturday, October 12th from 10am -12noon

Keep an eye out in your local area for a copy of the 2019 Mensana Fest brochure or check out www.carlowmentalhealth.ie for full details on over 40 free events and for updates.

student mental health is incredibly important and often neglected

One in three of Third level students in Ireland is suffering “extreme levels of anxiety” and has had a formal diagnosis of a “mental health difficulty” at some point in their life, according to a survey by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

The survey, funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE), finds that 38.4% of students suffer extreme levels of anxiety, 29.9% depression and 17.3% from stress. Almost a third, 32.2%, have had a formal diagnosis.

Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, says the findings “highlights the issue of student mental health, which is incredibly important and often neglected”. The high female response rate (three out of four respondents) shows the “continuing reluctance of men to discuss their mental health”.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that Ireland has the 10th lowest rate of suicide among 33 European countries. Nevertheless, the suicide rate among people aged 15-19 in Ireland ranks seventh highest. Young males account for about 80% of all deaths by suicid.


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