MIND Yourself, aa new community project to raise awareness of mental health issues was launched by the Church of Ireland dioceses of Meath and Kildare on Sunday 7 April, at a concert in Brigid’s Cathedral in Kildare, featuring the renowned Discovery Gospel Choir.
Funds raised on the evening will go to support the work of Aware.
One of the key issues affecting people today is their mental health – there is not a family in Ireland that does not have someone who struggles with mental health issues. The project aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, point people to where they can find support and help, and do some fundraising for Aware, one of the national mental health charities.
Aware will be one of the partners in this venture, as will the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal, which will focus on mental health issues affecting refugees and those in our Direct Provision centres. The Church’s Ministry of Healing is also a partner.
This project is not primarily about fundraising. A number of events are planned through the year, focusing mainly on raising awareness of mental health issues around the dioceses, and signposting people to groups that will be able to help. It can be a very painful thing to experience mental health challenges.