Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Grainne Maguire last week launched a new information leaflet at an event in an event hosted by Thrive Balbriggan to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day.
Thrive Balbriggan informative leaflet will help raise public awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing and will encourage people to join the movement.
The aim of Thrive is to create a happy and healthy community in Balbriggan by conducting projects and events aiming at improving mental health and wellbeing. The group’s activities include organisation of Connect Cafe meetings, training, and workshops promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. Among Thrive members are representatives of groups, organisations, service providers and local authorities based in Balbriggan as well as members of the local community. Membership is voluntary.
Cllr Maguire said it was important on World Mental Health Day t to come together and celebrate the creation and launch of Thrive Balbriggan leaflet.
Joe McKenna, Thrive Balbriggan Chairperson said: “With the launch of our leaflet, our goal is to make mental health awareness and mental health conversations a common place for everyone”.
At the launch Thrive Balbriggan hosted a Connect Café encouraging everyone to start a conversation about mental health. Thrive also introduced their new ‘Great Places and Spaces’ project.
Among participants and invited guests were representatives of local groups and organisations, the Fingal Community Development Office, community gardai, members of the public and students from Bremore Educate Together Secondary School and Balbriggan Community College.
Caroline Brogan, Mental Health Ireland Development Officer and lead for Thrive said:
“Thrive is empowering the community to break down stigma, and embrace a brighter, healthier future. Together, we’re redefining the conversation about mental health and shaping a community where thriving is not just a dream but a reality.”
Thrive Balbriggan was introduced to Ireland in 2021 by Mental Health Ireland. It is a community-led movement which promotes positive mental health.
The leaflet was produced with support of Mental Health Ireland and Fingal County Council.
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Photos courtesy of Thaina Whelan