Thanks to Laois Rose Maeve for Promoting GROW

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A big ‘thank you’ and heartfelt ‘well done’ from all in GROW to Laois Rose Maeve Dunne on representing her county and for promoting GROW’s message of positive mental health and recovery at the recent Rose of Tralee Festivities.

Maeve took part in the preliminary round of the Rose of Tralee. Although unlucky not to progress to the live shows in the Dome, the 27-year-old from Mountmellick is continuing to work hard in raising awareness of GROW and mental health recovery.

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

“My reasoning behind working alongside GROW in the Laois area is because I’ve seen how badly the services are needed. It can often be difficult for people to admit, at first, that there is a problem and that they are struggling with their mental health. Once they first say I’m not feeling okay, then GROW can absolutely help.

“The services that GROW offers have the capacity to provide help to so many people. It’s about getting people to start talking about their mental health and their mental health struggles. Our younger people are more educated in the area, but we still have a huge distance to go before it becomes non-stigmatised to talk about mental health.

“It’s so, so crucial to normalise seeking help and for people to know that it is okay to admit that they are struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing.”

GROW Manager Ruairi Powell commended Maeve on her excellent work in supporting GROW and promoting their message of positive mental health and recovery.

He said: “We would like to sincerely thank Maeve for being such an enthusiastic advocate for GROW and for highlighting our services in Co Laois and nationwide. She is a fantastic ambassador for her native Mountmellick and Co Laois.”

[See also the Laois Nationalist, Leinster Express, Laois Today, the GROW website and Facebook page]