Rose of Tralee’s Maeve to become GROW Ambassador

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One of the contestants in the 2017 Rose of Tralee Contest is joining with GROW in highlighting mental health awareness and in re-establishing a GROW support group in her local town.

Laois Rose Maeve Dunne

Laois Rose Maeve Dunne

27-year-old Maeve Dunne, who was recently selected as the Laois Rose, is hoping to promote positive mental health throughout the coming year and is supporting GROW in raising awareness of  mental health recovery.

Maeve, who works as an Events Manager in Dublin, hails from Mountmellick in Co. Laois.  A NUI Galway graduate, she spent two years living and working in Australia. She is the first ever winner from Mountmellick.

She is joining with Midlands Area Coordinator John Farren in organising an information evening in her hometown of Mountmellick on Monday, July 3rd at 7.30pm.

The information evening is being organised with a view to re-establishing a weekly GROW group in Mountmellick.

“When I was selected to become the Laois Rose, I wanted mental health and promoting mental health awareness to be my main focus,” says Maeve.

“I have a huge interest in mental health and I would like to highlight the importance of seeking help and support. Even though there is more knowledge and awareness of mental health, a lot of people are still afraid to speak about mental health difficulties or admit they are struggling. I think stigma is still an issue, particularly in rural areas,” she says.

“I would love to help GROW in trying to get the Mountmellick group re-established and I also hope to promote GROW throughout the coming year and on stage at the Dome in Tralee,” Maeve adds.