The Mental Health Pandemic
The topic of conversation for tonight’s episode of The Healthy Debate is mental health. It’s probably reasonable to suggest that over the past 18 months or so, since the Covid crisis arrived on our island, many of us have had our mental health negatively affected to some degree. Most of us will find ways to cope but what about those that can’t, what kind of supports exist for them?
Our first guest is Josephine Keohane, a psychotherapist from Cork. Josephine will speak about the mental damage being caused as a result of lockdowns and ongoing restrictions, the effects that mask wearing is having on children, and the role that the IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) have played (or haven’t as they case may be) during this pandemic of mental health.
We will also be joined by Peter O’Donoghue who is part of a new initiative called Saol na Saoirse (a life of freedom). Saol na Saoirse put on events every fortnight in different parts of the country and are focused on promoting mental health and well being. There are voluntary psychotherapists on site speaking to the attendees, as well as alternative therapists offering their treatments, and of course, being at the very heart and soul of the Irish, there is also local live music at these events.
We are delighted to also be joined by Barry Murray. Barry is a sports nutritionist based in Kerry and is the Event Director of the parkrun in Kerry. The highly popular parkruns that take place around the country are due to restart this coming weekend. Amongst other things, Barry will update us on the parkruns and speak generally about the importance of regular exercise in looking after our mental health.
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