Tallaght Hospital to host public talk on mental health for the Green Ribbon Campaign

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To mark the Green Ribbon Campaign on mental health awareness for 2017, Tallaght Hospital is organising a public talk entitled “Minding your mind through the ages.”

This talk will be given by Professor Greg Swanwick and will be the latest in the Public Health Education Series of presentations, organised throughout the year.

The talk will take place in Killinarden Community Centre at 10am on Wednesday, 10 May and in addition to Professor Swanwick, the event is also supported by up to 20 mental health organisations and community groups who will also attend.

Among these groups are the Tallaght Rehab Project, the National Counselling Service, Counselling in Primary Care, Mojo and Mojo Men’s Shed and Teencounselling. Age Action Ireland is also supporting the event and will be in attendance. It is hoped that the presence of these organisations will increase the awareness of the services available in the community.

Professor Greg Swanwick specialises in the psychiatry of old age and also has a special interest in dementia and medical education.

His talk is part of Tallaght Hospital’s drive to ensure continued excellence in mental healthcare.

The Green Ribbon Campaign takes place throughout the month of May and comprises See Change, the National Stigma Reduction Partnership and 90 other partner organisations as part of the month-long series of events to encourage people to start openly talking about mental health problems.

Speaking ahead of the event, Professor Swanwick (pictured above) said:

“Mental health challenges are common across all ages and this is also true for those of an older age.

“As a result it is so important to know how to mind your mental health and to know when to seek help.

“I am a big advocate of the Green Ribbon Campaign which does a huge amount every year to raise awareness of the challenges in this area.

“I am delighted that our event this year is supported by such a large number of local organisations and I hope members of the public come along to find out more about the mind, how to look after it and find out more about mental health and what supports are available.”

David Slevin, CEO of Tallaght Hospital, said;

“Our motto at the hospital is ‘People caring for people’ and as a result we are always seeking to ensure that we care for our patients in the best way possible.

“This is an important subject and I am delighted that the event has received such widespread support.

“In Tallaght, our population is rapidly growing older and as a result, the health challenges we face are changing all the time.

“This means that discussing how to look after our mental health as we age has never been more important.”