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Mental Health & Wellbeing Fair


Mental Health & Wellbeing Fair

This Saturday, the 6th February, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will join the Walk In My Shoes charity organization to host the Mental Health & Wellbeing Fair. The Fair will take place in the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, in Cork and will start at 11am until 4pm.

The day will be full of activities and there is plenty on the programme for those who are interested in music, arts and mental health. Admission is free. Workshops in Yoga, Zumba, Drumming and Mindfulness will be held and anybody is free to join. The Movie Room will be screening the St Patrick’s Short Film Competition at 1pm until 3pm.

There will be discussions held by speakers who will talk about mental health and their own struggle with depression and anxiety. Minister Kathleen Lynch, TV Personality Alan Shortt, St Patrick’s CEO Paul Gilligan and Make-Up Artist Grace Mongey are among the celebrity speakers that will make their way to Cork tomorrow.

I was delighted to be invited to be a part of this Mental Health Event. Speaking about mental health and sharing the message that it’s OK not to feel OK is so important. I was overwhelmed with the positive messages of support I received after I initially shared my own story,” Lifestyle Blogger and Make-Up Artist Grace Mongey said.

In a recent interview with RSVP Magazine, Grace who has been battling mental health, was asked why she decided on a career as a Make-Up Artist (MUA) and a Lifestyle Blogger: “As a MUA I want to share tips, tricks and ideas with my followers. The more I got involved with my blog the more relatable and real I wanted to be. I decided to share more personal stories about anxiety, depression weight gain and weight loss.”

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will be hosting a series of Mental Health Fairs this year, the Cork Fair being the first one to be held and a second Fair planned for Galway on the 18th June 2016. It is also hoped that a Dublin Fair will be held in October. The Fairs will aim to create public awareness, with mental health and wellness in mind.

St Patrick’s Adolescent Mental Health Services will be launched on Saturday. It is a new service for young people aged 13-17 years to provide them with treatment for mood, anxiety and eating disorders, psychosis and ADHD. St Patrick’s Adolescent Services will operate through the Community Dean Clinic – Cork.

For those of you who are interested in learning more about coping with mental health and can’t wait until October, why not make a trip down to Cork this weekend. Here is the programme for the day. Don’t forget to register today:


Confirmed Speakers 2-3pm

Minister Kathleen Lynch, TD

St Patrick’s CEO, Paul Gilligan

Grace Mongey, Faces by Grace

Alan Shortt, TV Personality


Confirmed programme of workshops

Yoga – Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork

Laughter Yoga – Therese McAuliffe, Lighting the Way

Mindfulness – St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Zumba – Danny Payne, Women’s Fitness Plus

Drumming – Tom Quinn


Confirmed Exhibitors

Cork Mental Health Foundation

Youth Empowerment Service

Walk in My Shoes & Mental Health Reform Leaflets

Himalaya Yoga Cork


Cork Samaritans


Pieta House

SHEP (Social Health Education Project)


My Mind

Dean Clinic Cork


My Mood and Me


Paula Molloy

Mental Health First Aid

Youth Advocate Programmes Ireland

Get Ireland Walking

Active Connections


Work, Injury, Cover

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland

Parent Line


Lighting The Way

Women’s Fitness Plus


Eating Disorder Centre Cork

Your Good Self

Cork Counselling Centre

Hand On Heart

Ag Eisteacht
To register for this FREE event, please go to

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