Conference bids to remove ‘mental health stigma’

Waterford County Council is to host a conference on mental health and suicide in a fresh bid to “help remove the stigma still attached to such conditions”.

This weekend’s event in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, brings together a wide range of expertise across a broad spectrum.

County mayor Cllr Liam Brazil, who initiated the conference — Supports and Developments in Mental Health Care — said: “Hopefully, the discussions will let some light into the lives of those affected by mental health and suicide.

“Unfortunately, these issues are deeply embedded in our society now and anyone can be affected one way or another at any time.”

The event opens tonight at 7pm. Speakers include Dan Neville of the Irish Association of Suicidology and chairman of a Joint Oireachtas Committee on suicide prevention; and local social worker, psychotherapist and councillor, James Mulhall.

Among tomorrow’s guest speakers are Michael Egan, co-founder of Living Links which provides support to the suicide bereaved; Seán McCarthy, a suicide prevention resource officer with HSE South; and Caroline McGuigan, chief executive of Suicide or Survive.

Admission to the event is free. For details, log onto waterfordcoco.ie.

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