Those with an interested in learning more about how to care for their own mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as helping to support others, are invited to attend a free course commencing in Naas on October 15.

A four-week Community Mental Health Education Programme is being run by the mental health charity, GROW, in conjunction with the HSE, entitled ‘Understanding and Minding your Mental Health’ and commences in Naas Community Centre, McAuley Place, Sallins Road, Naas, and is open to all who live in, or near, Kildare.

Over the course of four Tuesdays, from October 15th to November 5th, a variety of topics will be explored. All sessions take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and are free of charge. Those interested can attend one or all nights.

The aim of this programme is to promote community awareness around mental health issues and to open up discussion and inform people about supports.

Given that we live in a time when a lot of people are experiencing difficulties, financial, emotional, physical and psychological, GROW hopes that this five week programme will provide information around how to mind your mental health in challenging times and direct people towards the supports that are available.

The topic for the first week of the course is ‘Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health’ and will be followed by ‘Building Resilience with Sleep and Nutrition’ in the second week. On Tuesday October 29th, psychotherapist, Allan Clarke will speak on ‘Managing Stress and Anxiety’, followed by Mindfulness in Week 4.

There is a certificate for those who attend at least three weeks of the course.

GROW is that it is a community-based organisation that provides support and education around emotional and mental wellbeing through weekly free meetings.

These meetings provide mutual help, understanding and encouragement to those who are struggling with any aspect of mental health from depression to stress, anxiety, loneliness and isolation and to those experiencing financial and physical difficulties.

Contact 057 935 1124 for further information or email: [email protected].