Shopping Centre supporting and promoting Mental Health Ireland

#BeThere Festival a great success

by Rose Barrett
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 Last weekend saw an amazing response to a festival/awareness campaign on Mental Health hosted at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, writes Rose Barrett.

Together, Blanchardstown SC and Mental Health Ireland partnership hosted a pop-up care festival, raising awareness and funding for mental health and wellbeing supports. 

The #BeThere Festival celebrates World Mental Health Month in October, combining feel good family entertainment and retail therapy.  The festival was a chance for the community to carve out some space for their own wellbeing while helping to raise awareness of mental health and support the services of Mental Health Ireland. 

Blanchardstown SC was abuzz with family entertainment over the weekend, face painting and more! The 98FM Thunderbus and street team were there all weekend plus a 98FM DJ taking special requests, as shoppers availed of special discounts and retail offers.

“The event gave us an opportunity 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 SC again. The centre really is all about giving back to their customers and while welcoming the opportunity for their staff to understand the importance of mental health and how they might support their customers. The money raised will allow Mental Health Ireland to grow mental health in our communities.”

 “It was a great weekend of music and discounts from stores throughout the centre and retail parks. Customers were there for each other, can Be There for themselves and also Be There to continue supporting to Mental Health Ireland,” said Ciara Curtis, Marketing Manager, Blanchardstown Centre 

 All funds raised 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 health challenges, support volunteers around the country, and roll out national campaigns aimed at fighting stigma and raising awareness. See 

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