What: Mental Health Awareness Seminar

Where: Maldron Hotel, Tallaght

When: Monday, Sept. 29th 6.30 – 8.00pm

(Food and refreshments available from 6pm)

Guest Speakers: Seana Cooke, FAI women’s international soccer player

Cllr. Kenneth Egan, ex Olympic Boxer


As part of South Dublin County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Week from Sept. 29th to Oct 5th  SDCSP is organising a Mental Health Awareness seminar aimed at club coaches, committee members, leaders and parents in the South Dublin area. Mental Health has been recognised as an area of great concern in Ireland and sports bodies, through education and training to assist coaches in their community clubs to create an accepting environment where young men and women can feel comfortable to talk, have become very important vehicles to get the conversation started and rid Ireland of the stigma of mental ill health.


The seminar will have expert speakers on mental health from Mental Health Ireland (www.mentalhealthireland.ie),  Headstrong (www.headstrong.ie) and See Change (www.seechange.ie) covering topics such as:

  • the building blocks of mental health
  • what does mental ill health really mean?
  • the key issues impacting on peoples mental health & well being
  • the value of listening in supporting mental health
  • the supports that are available to community clubs


In addition, there will be direct contributions on the experience and effects of mental ill health from guest speakers Seana Cooke, a senior women’s soccer international, and former Irish Boxing Champion and Olympian Kenneth Egan. They will outline how they experienced mental ill health, how they came to recognise it and seek help for it and the steps they (and their wider circle) made to overcome it.


Approximately 1 in 10 people in Ireland (450,000) are affected by depression at any one time. It would be fantastic to see you there and would be very grateful for your assistance in actively promoting this very important seminar to your contacts. The seminar is free of charge but you are asked to book a reservation by email – info@sdcsp.ie