Wellness in the Community
SOS runs Wellness Workshops in every community in Ireland. These one-day workshops aim to help you understand and take charge of your own mental health. The workshop is for anyone and everyone as we all have mental health!
Confirmed Wellness Workshop Dates for 2016
To book a place please click on the booking link of the workshop you would like to attend.
|Date||County||Location||How to book|
|16/09/16||Kerry||Áras an Phobail, Croilár an Mistéalach, Boherbee, Tralee, Co. Kerry||click here to register
|05/10/16||Waterford||The Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford||click here to register
|14/10/16||Carlow||The Cathedral Parish Centre, College Street, Carlow||click here to register
We add new dates and venues regularly. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, or be kept informed of future workshops in your area please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with you town/county and contact details.
What is a Wellness Workshop?
A Wellness Workshop is a day for you to take time out and learn a wide range of practical tools and tips that you can use in your everyday life to improve your own wellness. Topics covered in the workshop include:
• Relaxation and stress management
• How to bring calm to your life
• The relationship between thoughts and emotions
• How to develop a wellness toolkit and daily wellness plan
• An introduction to mindfulness and meditation
Workshops are informal and relaxed. They are facilitated by people with both lived life experience of mental health difficulties, and people with experience of working in various mental health arenas.
The day runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and includes regular refreshments and a light lunch. A comprehensive Wellness Workbook to support you in maintaining your daily wellness is also included.
There is no charge to attend a Wellness Workshop. Currently places are fully funded by the National Office of Suicide Prevention, the Iris O’Brien Foundation, our wonderful donors and our incredible fundraisers, making our Wellness Workshops accessible to everyone. We do suggest a voluntary contribution from participants on the day, but this is by no means obligatory.
Testimonials from Wellness Workshop participants:
- “I so enjoyed the day and learned so much. Loved the presentations each and every one. Felt humbled to hear the personal life stories”
- All the facilitators were excellent most helpful, It was obvious they were speaking from experience. It was such a positive day, very uplifting we all got a laugh and that was therapeutic”
- “I thought there was excellent balance to the presentation from very deep issues to great fun, well done and thank you”
- As this was the first workshop I attended I came very open minded and I really am very impressed by all the material covered and particularly the means and how it is delivered. Excellent speakers”
- “Think that ye have created a good space to help people explore their own health and ways they may change their lives. May be a way to motivate people to be different in our lives”
- “Well done this workshop is a great service to the community”
- “All sessions were excellent as drawn from real life – extremely beneficial. I am leaving Galway today inspired. Keep up the great work”
The Workshops have been evaluated by Trinity College Dublin, who captured the many voices of the participants throughout the nation (* You can read the Wellness Workshop Evaluation Key Findings here)
You may also like to take a look at our online Wellness Workshop, which is a fantastic resource, easy to use and accessible any time – www.wellnessworkshop.ie
All of our Wellness Workshops are delivered by teams of facilitators made up of people with lived experience of mental health struggles and professionals working in the area of mental health. All Facilitators regardless of their previous background, qualifications and experience must:
• Complete an apprenticeship to become a Wellness Workshop Facilitator
• Attend for regular supervision on their work
• Attend regular upskilling/ continuing professional development training
Current Facilitators: Caroline McGuigan, Robert Carley, Paula Lawlor, Brian Kelly, Kahlil Thompson Coyle, Patricia Allen Garrett
The Wellness Workshop is in line with Strategic Goals 1 and 2 of Connecting for Life: Goal 1: To improve the nation’s understanding of, and attitudes to, suicidal behaviour, mental health and wellbeing; Goal 2: To target approaches to reduce suicidal behaviour and improve mental health among priority groups. This programme is run to the highest standards of practice and service delivery and is underpinned by an evaluation framework as required by ‘Connecting for Life’.