Community Health Initiatives
Lighting the Way – North Cork Edition – During the spring/summer of 2014 our community health worker was involved in the production of “Lighting the Way – North Cork” – an information resource to support people who have been bereaved through suicide. This resource contains important information on the processes involved immediately after the suicide and outlines levels of support available in the community and provides information around how to access these supports. The art project entitled “The Lantern of Hope” was led by our community health worker and it ran alongside this booklet. The art piece is designed to travel and is available for families or community groups to use.
safeTALK Trainer – Jacinta has been delivering the safeTALK Workshop to clubs and organisations in various locations throughout Cork. During safeTALK participants will learn four basic steps to help recognize persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them with suicide helping resources. These specific skills are called Suicide Alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help reduce suicide risk in their own community. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive; safeTALK- suicide alert helpers are trained to move beyond the common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide risk. The workshop is FREE and is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become suicide alert.
‘Mindfulness Starts Here’ – 5 Week Mindfulness Course
Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment, learning to let go of issues in your past and not focussing on what may or may not happen in the future. It also helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, enabling us to manage them rather than allow them overwhelm us. Mindfulness is of particular benefit in dealing with anxiety, stress and depression.
‘Mighty Men’ -This is a six week personal development programme and it was delivered exclusively to men in a group setting. The aim of the programme was to give its participants a taste of what it is to actively work on one’s own personal development. During the programme, the men explored their future in a practical way and learned how to effectively set goals and recognise & develop their potential.
Engage Men’s Health Training:
During October 2014 we facilitated the 1-day Engage training to front line professionals in the community.
Engage was developed in response to the growing demand from service providers for support to improve their engagement and work with men. It was created via a partnership between the Institute of Technology Carlow, the Men’s Development Network, Waterford Institute of Technology and the Health Service Executive’s Health Promotion Department.
For any enquiries, please contact the centre on 025 32962 or alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible.