Buncrana selected to take part in new mental health awareness initiative – Highland Radio

Buncrana is one of only three towns in Ireland to take part in a unique mental health awareness project, ‘One Good Community’.

An information session is taking place in the Buncrana office of the Inishowen Development Partnership tonight at 7pm to discuss the events and organizations available in the Buncrana area.

One Good Community is a pilot initiative of the national youth mental health charity, Jigsaw, the exclusive charity partner of Lidl Ireland, and hosted locally by Inishowen Development Partnership.

The goal of the program is to showcase and highlight the various classes, activities, events and services that operate in and around Buncrana that help promote positive mental health among young adults and their families and friends.

The program will run throughout the month of
October and will focus on the activities of the five-day framework for positive mental health,
simple themes that include: Get Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Connect and Give.

Aisling Sheehy, Project Manager at IDP, says, “There are many fantastic club activities, initiatives, classes, classes and volunteer services taking place at Buncrana that help support our mental health.

“This is a great opportunity to shine a light on all the activities coming up in October, while demonstrating why Buncrana deserves to be officially recognized as ‘One Good Community’.

Suggested activities can range from physical activities/exercise classes, community or charity walks/runs/hikes, mindfulness workshops, coffee mornings, sea swimming, wellness talks and
workshops, street cleanings or art exhibitions.

The group asks those who propose such initiatives, or even if you are interested in organizing an event, to please come to the
briefing session”.

Damien Coyle, Jigsaw Service Manager, adds: “Jigsaw Donegal is delighted to continue working with Inishowen Development Partnership. It was this connection that put Buncrana at the forefront of our thinking when selecting a city to pilot our new One Good Community initiative.

“During the month of October, we hope the general public will come together to promote all that is so wonderful about this city.”

Shauna McClenaghan, Co-CEO of IDP, explains: “We have partnered with Jigsaw since its inception in Donegal and have facilitated awareness of Inishowen for the past 10 years supporting young people in our community and around Inishowen.

“IDP is delighted to be working with Jigsaw and Lidl on this new project for Buncrana as a pilot area; it provides a unique opportunity for the region to highlight the means and supports that are available in the city for our young people and their families to
promote positive mental health and well-being”.

“Jigsaw and IDP invite all of the local community, volunteer groups, social enterprises and Buncrana businesses to attend a brief information session (details below) to find out how we as a community can come together to show the variety of events available that can help our community take
every day, simple gestures to boost our mental health.

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Location: Inishowen Development Partnership, St. Mary’s Roads, Buncrana Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information or to reserve your place, please email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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