17th May 2016
Changing minds about mental health, one conversation at a time
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: St Catherine's Park, Lucan Demense
The day is nearly here! Join Third Age in support of See Change and their Green Ribbon month initiative tomorrow, Tuesday May 17 at 11am in St Catherine's Park, Lucan Demesne, Clonee Road entrance to walk and talk under our Operation Conversation mantle.
The walk will commence at the car park located on the Lucan to Clonee Road entrance at 11am for approx. one hour (option to walk one loop for 30 minutes). Soup and sandwiches will be served after the walk at Westmanstown Golf Club at 12.15pm and car parking is free. We have some interesting speakers that will encourage conversation and debate around the topic of mental health.
The childrens playground is at the same entrance and google maps offer directions if you are travelling by car.
It's not too late to get involved - registration for the walk is €10 with students €3 and an OAP rate of €5.
If you are interested in joining us please contact Yvonne at ykeane@thirdageireland or call Third Age 046 955 7766 and ask for Yvonne or Ruth.
See Change is a national organisation working to change minds about mental health problems in Ireland. See Change’s Green Ribbon campaign takes place throughout the month of May, aimed at encouraging people to talk about mental health, well-being and resilience.
Operation Conversation is a Third Age initiative with a similar emphasis on the value of conversation. Operation Conversation aims to encourage people to reach out to each other in face to face conversation. While particularly geared to remove the isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people, Operation Conversation has a positive message to offer to people of all ages.
See Change is one of an alliance of organisations working together to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards mental health. During Green Ribbon Month, See Change joins with 90 partner organisations in a month long campaign to encourage people to talk openly about mental health, resilience and general wellbeing.
More than 500,000 green ribbons will be distributed nationwide free of charge to spark a national conversation about mental health in boardrooms, break-rooms, chat rooms, clubhouses, arts venues, college campuses and around kitchen tables throughout Ireland. The aim is to make the month of May every year synonymous with promoting open conversation of mental health and challenging the stigma of mental health problems.
Through their motto ‘Changing minds about mental health, one conversation at a time’, See Change is a perfect match for Third Age under our Operation Conversation Campaign banner which creates events and occasions where people can get together to talk and engage socially.
Operation Conversation has a strong emphasis on intergenerational engagement and is for the benefit of older people in particular.
Communication through conversation is vital in helping to combat the loneliness and isolation of older people.
St Catherine's Park is one of Dublin’s oldest and most beautiful woodland walks. It provides a very tranquil setting for walking through a combination of historical association, scenic views, woodlands and river.
The walk, while primarily a social engagement event, is also a fundraiser for Third Age to replace our much needed bus for our members, many of whom consider the transport provided as their lifeline.