GROW Among Participants at Sligo’s ‘Change Your Mind’ Festival

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On March 25th, the HSE hosted the Change Your Mind Festival in the Clayton Hotel in Sligo.

This festival is a mental health promotion event that aims to raise awareness regarding the importance of prevention and combatting mental health stigma.

There were over 25 speakers on the day, primarily psychiatrists and psychologists working in local mental health services interspersed with other more creative speakers such as an artist and a Zumba teacher.

There were also numerous children’s activities from storytelling and magic shows to building your own teddybear and face painting.

The festival began with a 5k fun run in the morning and finished with a drumming workshop and some local bands played from 5 to midnight.

GROW was well represented at the festival with Area Coordinator Andrea Best and six GROWers from Sligo in attendance for the majority of the day. GROW provided a stand alongside the Samaritans, Breffni Mental Health Association, Eolas, pottery, art, jewellery making, baking and many other preventative groups and pastimes.  IMG_5060

One GROW member was invited to speak on behalf of the HSE Mental Health Forum and spoke openly and eloquently. She named GROW as one of her supports in her speech.

It was a marvellous event, jam-packed with information and activities and perhaps more importantly, fun for adults and children, with a real sense of community.