Tom Harpur

I decided I wanted to become a part of Community Minds after reading an article on social media so I applied for the Mental Health First Aid course. To be honest I had a basic understanding of what people with mental health issues can go through because we have all been touched by or know someone who has a mental health issue. The course for me was an eye opener and opened my mind to the struggles people go through. I am very proud to be one of a very special expanding group of Mental Health First Aiders embedded in the community ready and waiting to help listen or advise someone and I am very grateful for the training I have received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Lucinda Kelly

I joined Community Minds to gain knowledge from the Mental Health FIrst Aid course and thus be there for anyone who needs a confidential listening ear. Also I would like more people to get involved with Community Minds to STOP the stigma pertaining to mental health and allow each and everyone one of us to be able to talk freely without judgement. I am based in Wexford town.

Clarissa Coote

I spotted the Community Minds Facebook page when it started and thought what a fantastic idea. Having suffered from anxiety years ago & supported a lot of friends & family with mental health problems, it seemed like a natural thing to learn more about & know that we are supporting in the right way.

I can be found through Facebook & hope to get more involved in the community.

Colm Noblett

I first heard about the Community Minds initiative through a Facebook post and instantly thought it was a great idea, and when given the opportunity to join I signed up.
I feel that any initiative that promotes a better metal health message should be encouraged, as it’s with better mental health, that resilience is stimulated, and positive coping mechanisms grow.
I have been a member of the 2016 all Ireland winning Wexford Darts team for the last number of years and play in various leagues and tournaments throughout Wexford and further afield, and would gladly give of my time to anyone who finds themselves in crisis or even just wishes to talk.

Sarah Bermingham

As I believe each person should be empowered to live their best life possible and no-one is an island, I have long been passionate about mental health and wellbeing. Now, I am proud to say I have trained in Mental Health First Aid and am a committed member of the Community Minds family. I know mental health difficulties don’t discriminate. They can and will affect us all in one way or another. Spurred on by the memory of the late Donal Walsh, however, I firmly believe life is worth talking about. Let’s get our Community talking and let’s mind our Minds.

I’m happy to help in any way I can and, when not on Twitter or Facebook, can often be found blissfully beating drums with local percussion group Bloco Garman.

Declan Geoghegan

I got involved with community minds as I believe mental health issues can not always be solved on a Monday to Friday 9 to 5 off weekends, sometimes people just need to talk to complete strangers and to be heard and know that they are not alone , it’s ok not to be ok and there is always some one to give them hope 24/7.

I can be found via Facebook thanks.

Pat Jackman

As a forty year sufferer of the auld black dog who’s now in a reasonably good place, I really wanted the opportunity to honour the people who have helped me over the years, to share their advice, and to give in the same way that they did. I think Community Minds is a wonderful resource for giving the community many more avenues to reach out to.

I can usually be found pottering around the Arts community or spouting banalities, profanities and inanities on Facebook…

Jacintha Cloney

I found the idea of community minders fitted into my own ethos that the key to good mental health in our communities needs to be and should be supported directly at community level. I think there needs to be constant reminder to people that we are valued just because we ‘are’ rather than because of the work we do or the wealth we have. The sad reality of the recession is that it created a recession in values and I think community minds is doing something positive to change this.

As a tutor I come into constant contact with many people of all ages making changes in their lives and I hope as a community minder I can at least direct people to get support for their mental health challenges. I also can be found helping to lead a community walk group in Rathangan on a weekly basis which welcomes new people all the time. Walking is a great way to keep active both mentally and physically.

Lillian Byrne

I signed up to Community Minds so I could develop more skills sensitive to supporting people living with mental ill-health and those who experience episodes of mental stress.

People in the community might likely find me in Wexford Campus, IT Carlow.

Deirdre Buttimer

When I had my first panic attack, about 17 years ago, I had never heard of them and was terrified. Thankfully, they are long gone; talking about them, and understanding what they were, took a lot of their power away. I joined CommunityMinds to help others going through similar experiences, to give back the support I received and keep the Mental Health discussion going.

Kilrane is my base and I’d be delighted to talk informally to schools, community groups etc. about my experience with Panic Disorder. I’m also happy to lend an ear to someone who may want some support.