Mental health workshop gives tools to help people

Mental health workshop gives tools to help people

WELLNESS was on the mind of the nearly 40 people who attended the free Suicide or Survive workshop in Kingswood Community and Leisure Centre (KCLC).

On Saturday (August 26), Suicide or Survive (SOS), an organisation that provides a range of educational programmes aimed at promoting mental health and preventing suicide, met those who came along.

Throughout the day, people from Tallaght and South Dublin County were provided an opportunity to learn tips, tools, and techniques to look after and invest in their own mental health.

Topics such as relaxation, mindfulness, stress management, our thinking process, how to develop a wellness toolkit, a daily wellness plan and how to find balance in your life were included.

Within 30-minutes of the Wellness Workshop going live online, all places were booked out and on the day, some 38 people arrived eager to better understand themselves.

“The feedback was absolutely fantastic,” says chairperson of Kingswood Community and Leisure Centre, Paul Dalton.

Paul Dalton (chair Kclc), Keith Kelly, Beverly Webster and Pat Kavanagh (facilitators)

“It was all about looking after your own personal wellbeing, with the facilitators giving people pointers on how to manage your own feelings and your own wellbeing.

“They gave a workbook for people to fill in, kind of in their own time, and gave advice on different indicators among other things.

“The way people connected and spoke with each other was really something, it just showed that we all have a bit of vulnerability in us. It was a really great day.”

A full comprehensive workbook to support participants in maintaining their daily wellness was handed out on the day, with SOS also providing an online version of the workshop for free online.

Free for anyone to use at any time, the workshop is available at

For anyone who couldn’t attend the Workshop on Saturday information about upcoming workshops and all of the other programmes run by SOS is available on their website or by calling (01) 272 2158.

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