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World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October each year. Arts and wellbeing events are taking place across Ireland celebrating positive mental health through music, dance, art and participatory workshops. 


Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is hosting a community choir night with singer-songwriter and musician Liz Clark from 7:30 pm. This is a drop-in event, tickets €5.


Shine, the national organisation supporting people affected by mental ill health, in partnership with HAIL will host an art exhibition, Dreams: The Spirit of Life. The exhibition runs from 7-11 October in Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices at Wood Quay, Dublin 8. There will be an official launch on 10 October at 1.30 pm with music, light refreshments and a short selection of readings. All welcome, please RSVP

Dreams: The Spirit of Life is a collaboration between the art group at Shine’s Basin Club and HAIL Housing Association.


As part of Limerick Mental Health Week, MA Music Therapy students along with musicians and dancers from the Irish World Academy at University of Limerick present ‘A lunchtime concert of music for mental wellbeing’ on Tuesday 8 October from 1.15-2 pm at Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance. Free admission, all welcome. This event is taking place in partnership with Limerick Mental Health Association.


Dundalk Positive Mental Health Art Exhibition runs from 7-11 October at the County Museum, showcasing the talents of artists who are living with a mental health difficulty. The official launch takes place 10 October at 6.30pm, all welcome.


The Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing runs from 7-12 October, with 55 events taking across Waterford City and County presented by Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Garter Lane Arts Centre and Waterford City and County Libraries. Events on World Mental Health Day include:

  • Men’s Development Network workshop at Garter Lane Studios
  • Singing for Wellbeing with the Bealtaine Choir at Ardkeen Stores
  • Sax n Trax with Damien McDonnell in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford
  • Move your Mind with Waterford Dance Artist in Residence Dee Grant at Garter Lane Studios
  • Open Gallery, an art viewing project for people living with dementia and their family members/carers, at Waterford Healing Arts Trust Centre, University Hospital Waterford
  • The launch of That’s how the light gets in at University Hospital Waterford, an uplifting exhibition by artists Ann Brennan, Blawnin Clancy, Aidan Dunne, Ciara Gormley and Mary Tritschler which considers how light and landscapes can influence our health and wellbeing.


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