GROW Mindfulness Walk to Mark World Suicide Prevention Day
All are being invited to take part in the walk which will get underway at 3p.m on September 10th at Halton’s Amenity Park (opposite the Abbott Factory) in Monaghan Road, Cootehill.
The relaxed, short walk is suitable for all and will be led by experienced mindfulness practitioner, Mairead Flynn.
The walk is in aid of GROW Community Mental Health, with adults €5 and children €2. All are being encouraged to come along and lend their support.
GROW peer-support groups are available in Cavan, Monaghan, Castleblayney and Killashandra, as well as over 120 locations nationwide.
The GROW Programme encourages its members to find and develop their personal strengths and work towards improving their mental health in a supportive and confidential environment.
Kathryn Corrigan, Area Coordinator for GROW in Cavan and Monaghan, emphasised the mental health benefits of nature and the outdoors.
“Contact with nature has been shown to provide considerable mental health benefits, especially in relation to stress and anxiety. The mindfulness walk will give participants an opportunity to tune in to their environment and be present in the here and now. All too often we walk “to clear our heads” or for the physical benefits, but how often do we actually notice the beauty of the world around us and allow nature to heal us,” she said.
A local GROW member emphasised the support which GROW provides.
“GROW has been a great support and encouragement to me in my recovery from depression. Being with like-minded people at the GROW support meetings is a very positive experience – we are all on different journeys but similar paths. We all support each other and I find that I give as much as I receive which is a great experience.
“Mindfulness has also played a big role in my recovery especially in managing my chronic pain. It helps me to manage my thoughts, to be more in the here and now and to be more aware of my senses.
“I’m able to put my attention to what I am doing instead of to my thoughts or the pain. If I am worked up, for example, I can cut the grass in a mindful way – bringing attention to all my senses – and I will finish in a different, calmer state of mind. Mindfulness is now a part of me.
“GROW and mindfulness have made me more aware of who I am and what I am. They have helped me to realise the connection between the mind, body and spirit – how much our thoughts affect how we feel and how our thoughts can be triggered by the story of our past. Thoughts haven’t got a grip on me anymore. I am able to be more in the present thanks to mindfulness and the support of GROW,” he highlighted.
GROW groups are free to attend and open to all aged over 18. For more information on GROW contact GROW Area Coordinator Kathryn Corrigan on 086 0436258, contact the GROW infoline on 1890 474 474 or visit www.grow.ie