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Cahir Youth Mental Health Awareness Evening

Following on from the Dawn Walk some months ago the Cahir Youth Mental Health Awareness Evening was held in Cahir House Hotel last night. The event was hosted by Oakpark Foods along with Cahir Youth and Cahir Meet and Train.

The speakers on the night were exceptional with lots of useful and practical advice.  The evening was aimed at encouraging people to speak openly and freely about mental health and it achieved exactly that.

Minister of State for "Mental Health and Older People" Mary Butler TD opened the event followed by Niamh O'Gorman, Development and Training Officer, HSE Regional Suicide Resource Office, Garda Detective Sergeant Graham Deegan, Senator Frances Black - Chair of Mental Health in Seanad Éireann, John Leahy - HSE Drug Education Officer and Tipperary All-Ireland Hurling star and Tom Morrissey of Oakpark Foods.

The youth were commended for their involvement on the night for organising the Drawn Walk with help from Pat and Marie Egan, the proceeds from it directly led to last night's talks taking place.

There were also stands on the night that the public could engage with which included Aine from Healthy Tipperary, Derek from Tipperary volunteer Centre, Emer From Jigsaw, Pauline in Comhairle and Niamh in Connect for Limerick, their presence added even more expertise to an already informative night.

Photos Hughie O'Donnell