Speakers announced for Mental Health public meeting and launch


Conor D. McGuinness has confirmed details of the guest speakers at the launch of his document on mental health service and attitudes in West Waterford.

McGuinness said:

“I am delighted that some interesting and inspiring individuals will attend the event on Monday to share their experiences and expertise with us.

“Leslie Hughes is a childcare worker and mental health advocate from Waterford. She is the founder of Laochas, the mental health charity for young people in Waterford City and County. Her organistaion seeks to equip children and young people with the knowledge and confidence to be open about their mental health and to seek help and supports when required.

“Ray Cullen is from Gorey in Wexford and founded the Talk to Tom community-based suicide prevention, mental health awareness and bereavement support charity. Talk to Tom also provides mental health training and awareness programmes, and has assisted other communities in establishing similar organisations in their areas.

“Pat Buckley is a TD for East Cork and the Sinn Féin spokesperson for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. He has been an outspoken advocate for the provision of adequate and responsive services. Following a number of personal tragedies and an upsurge in suicide and self harm in his hometown of Midleton, Pat helped establish the Let’s Get Together foundation that has worked to address issue across East Cork. “

The event will take place at 7pm on Monday 15th April in the Kirby Central Studios venue at 21 Mary Street, Dungarvan. All are welcome to attend to join in this important discussion.

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