Local residents and community representatives from Clones area and surrounding cross-border areas in County Fermanagh attended an informative ‘Peace of Mind’ positive mental health conference today in the Creighton Hotel, Clones, County Monaghan.
The conference was part of an eighteen-month cross-border, cross-community project administered by Clones Family Resource Centre, funded by the International Fund for Ireland, under its Peace Impact Programme.
Shane Martin, the well-known and respected psychologist and author was the keynote speaker and provided interesting insights on the theme of ‘Uprooting the roots of stress’. Other speakers included John Murphy from Solas Drop-in Centre in Monaghan and Lorna Soden, Monaghan Federation President, ICA as well as a presentation from Largy students’ award winning ‘Mend A Mind’ project. Attendees at the conference also enjoyed a short exercise session with Fergal Corrigan from the Peace Link.
Gerry Lowry from TUSLA launched Clones FRC’s new low cost counselling service at the conference. Members of the public can avail of the new confidential service by contacting Clones FRC on 047 52919.
Speaking at the conference, Paddy Harte, International Fund for Ireland Board member “congratulated Clones Family Resource Centre and Oak Healthy Living Centre in Lisnaskea for the success of the overall ‘Peace of Mind’ project to date which has attracted strong participation across the wide-ranging programme of activities over the past fifteen months. The Fund is committed to delivering real and positive transformation in communities through the Peace Impact Programme and we are delighted to support this wide-ranging cross border project and wish you all every success over the remainder of the project”.
Speaking on behalf of Clones Family Resource Centre, Angela Graham, Manager said that “the Peace of Mind project set out to empower the people of Clones to have an improved quality of life and sense of wellbeing through encouraging equality, participation, community ownership and a recognition of the diversity of families. Project Co-Ordinator Dara MacGabhann and the team are delighted with the enthusiastic participation and positive feedback from the participants in the project over the past fifteen months which we hope will help them improve their lives, and the lives of their families and community in the future. On behalf of Clones Family Resource Centre, I would like to most sincerely thank the International Fund for Ireland for the funding support, without which, we could not have undertaken this project.”
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