A very successful and informative evening took place on Monday 24th November last at the Abbey Hall Roscrea attended by over 150 people.
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership organised and funded this awareness raising event under their Local Community Development Programme. This event was delivered in collaboration with ‘Roscrea Stands Up’.
Key speakers were Conor Cusack and Frances Black. Both speakers were identified to demonstrate and highlight the positives that can be achieved if help is sought and shame forgotten. Cusack who played Senior Inter County hurling with Cork, and who still continues to compete, and hurled with his local club Cloyne, spoke with passion and conviction about his experience. Since speaking openly of his own mental and emotional health problems in 2013, he has inspired people all over Ireland and afar with how he has overcame and is now in control and maintenance of his health. Frances Black is an internationally acclaimed Irish Singer. Frances still continues to perform around the world, but devotes a lot of her time to the organisation she founded. The Rise Foundation was set up by Frances to support family members who have a loved one with a drug, alcohol or gambling problem. Frances spoke openly about the addictions she has overcome and how she returned to college to train as a counsellor, having left school at 15. The focus of the evening was to acknowledge times when our emotional and mental health is put to the test and to seek and ask for help and forget the shame and stigma. Our mental wellbeing can be restored if addressed in time and both speakers were testimony to that.
The evening finished with inspiringly words of honesty and hope from local man and founder of ‘Roscrea Stands Up’ Derek Russell. North Tipperary Leader Partnership (NTLP) sincerely wish to thank all of those who contributed to the success of the evening. For more information visit www.therisefoundation.ie.