Peer Support Centre Helps People Help Themselves

By Ronan Dodd

By Ronan Dodd

A NEW peer support group in Nenagh is helping people to come together and make themselves aware of what is going on in the community.

For the past couple of months the steering committee of Aras Follain in Tyone have been building links among support groups and helping to give people a voice.

“The name Aras Follain means wellbeing or wellness and we are actively linking all the community services and making aware of each others services,” said steering committee member and advocate Paul Ryan at an open day to promote the centre.

“We are here so that people can just drop in for a cup of tea or chat, which in turn will help get rid of some of the isolation that people might feel. We are also helping to get rid of the stigma attached to mental health issues - we prefer to talk about mental wellness,” he said.

Paul, who is also avolunteer at the Citizens Information Centre on Kenyon Street, said that through peer support they wanted to build confidence through activities.

See full story in this week’s Tipperary Star