Blanchardstown Centre #BeThere for mental health

The festival was an opportunity for the community to carve out some space for their own wellbeing while helping to raise awareness of mental health and support Mental Health Ireland.

by Rose Barrett
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Last weekend, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin and Mental Health Ireland brought the pop-up care festival #BeThere to the heart of the community for a celebration of mental health and wellbeing.

With appearances from TV star and event host Bláthnaid Treacy, and radio presenter and DJ Ray Shah, the #BeThere festival running during World Mental Health Month in October combined feel good entertainment and retail therapy with expert-led mental health discussions and support.

The festival was an opportunity for the community to carve out some space for their own wellbeing while helping to raise awareness of mental health and support Mental Health Ireland.

Blanchardstown Centre will be buzzing with an unmissable weekend that’ll lift the roof and warm our hearts with family entertainment, exciting spot prizes, fashion shows, live music and more!

“With this event, we want to remind everybody to make time for their own mental health and wellbeing. We’re all so busy and during stressful times, we can forget to look up, breathe, connect with others and have fun! We can’t pour from an empty cup,” said Georgina Lawless, Fundraising, Engagement & Volunteer Manager with Mental Health Ireland.

“We were delighted to team up with the team at Blanchardstown Centre who really are all about giving back to their customers and who welcome the opportunity for them and their staff to understand the importance of mental health and how they might support their customers. The money raised from this not to be missed event will allow Mental Health Ireland to continue to grow mental health in our communities,” said Georgina.

All funds raised will go to Mental Health Ireland to help the charity provide free training and resources for community groups, educational scholarships for people with experience of mental distress, support volunteers around the country, and roll out national campaigns aimed at fighting stigma and raising awareness. For more information, visit www.blanchardstowncentre.ie

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