Healthy Meath Newsletter – September / October Edition

Please find the latest edition of the Healthy Meath Newsletter linked here where you will be signposted to various Health and Wellbeing initiatives and online resources available throughout September/October. If you’re thinking about making a change, and building a new health habit – there’s no better time than September. Try make yourself a priority and improve your own health and wellbeing this Autumn with some tips from this Newsletter!

World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2023

About World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) – Sunday 10th September 2023 – was first introduced by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP). The theme for 2023 is Creating Hope through Action. In Ireland, this is an important theme that is reflected in the HSE’s national strategy to reduce suicide, Connecting for Life.

It is a time when we can spread a message of hope to others. Even though suicide is a very complex issue, we can always look out for others who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, and provide support. This helps to create a more caring society where those who need to feel more comfortable in seeking help.

‘Reach In’ this World Suicide Prevention Day

Reach in to someone you know who might be having difficulties. Find a comfortable space and time to sit and be present with them. Use open questions and tell them you care about them. You don’t need to have all the answers, so try not to feel pressured. If they share things with you, listen – stay calm, be patient and kind.

Remember that bringing up the topic of suicide with someone will not make suicide more likely. It can be really helpful for a person just to have a safe space to open up, know that they are heard and that they are not alone at a difficult time.

Empowering Parents Workshop – SICAP and Meath Wellness Hub 19.9.23

SICAP and Meath Wellness Hub are delighted to announce our Empowering Parents event on Tuesday 19th September at the Ardboyne Hotel #Navan

Registration opens from 9.30am and the event will begin at 10am sharp.

Register now Eventbrite:…/empowering-parents-tickets…

For more information contact [email protected] / [email protected]

Upcoming Webinars from Archways – Understanding Anxiety & Supporting my Child

In collaboration with our partners in Meath and Kildare Children and Young People’s Services Committees, Archways have organised two further “Understanding Anxiety & Supporting my Child” webinars, which will take place on Wednesday, 13th of September for parents/guardians in Meath.


This 90 minute webinar will take place twice on this date, in the morning from 11.00am – 12.30pm, and in the evening from 7.00pm – 8.30pm, so for anyone interested in attending, they can register for the time that suits them best.

To book a place at the morning webinar taking place from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, please click here.

To book a place at the evening webinar taking place from 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm, please click here.


The webinar aims to help parents and guardians of children from birth to 18 years to:

  • Understand the difference between worry, stress and anxiety
  • Develop an understanding of how worry, stress and anxiety can affect children and young people
  • Develop tools and strategies to support children and young people
  • Better understand factors which affect and influence children’s development
  • Explore self-care tools and strategies

This webinar is kindly funded by basis.point.

Launch of Dedicated Suicide Bereavement Support Group – HUGG

The New HUGG Group will be based in Dundalk. It is hoped that the group will greatly benefit the local community and the surrounding areas including those living in Ardee, Drogheda, Carlingford, Blackrock and parts of Meath including Duleek, Slane, and Donore.

Click on the poster below for more information:

HUGG Louth press release Sept 2023

See Change Green Ribbon Campaign Launch on Friday 1st September

The annual See Change Green Ribbon campaign is now in its 11th year and runs for the month of September – .

The aim of the campaign is to spread awareness about all mental health difficulties and  to help end mental health stigma and discrimination.

This year’s launch will take place on Friday 1st September.  For the month of September, See Change will roll out their social media campaign and will be supporting workplaces, organisations and the general public across Ireland to start having open and honest conversations about mental health.  (There will also be an event at Electric Picnic from 1st – 3rd September).

The Green Ribbon theme for 2023 is judgement, i.e. what mental health judgement is, where it shows up across society, how judgement impacts people with mental health difficulties, and what we can all do to help end the unfair judgement of ourselves and others with these sub-themes getting a focus during the weeks of the month.

Wearing the Green Ribbon symbolises an openness to have conversations about mental health.


Kells Family Resource Centre Autumn Programme 2023

Please see information in link below about the various programmes and particularly the Open Days that will be happening in Kells Family Resource Centre over the autumn.

KFRC Autumn Programme 2023

Upcoming FASN In-Person 4 Week Healing with Creativity Workshop in East Coast FRC starting 4th September

The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) and Anne McDonald have collaborated to deliver an in-person 4-week Healing with Creativity programme, which is being run in the East Coast FRC on Monday evenings starting 4th September. Click on the poster below for more information and relevant contact details:

Laytown poster

This project is funded through the Drogheda Implementation Board.


Anam Cara’s first Online Bereavement Information Evening will take place on Tuesday 5th September at 7pm

Guest speaker is Peter McCartan who is a Professional qualified Senior Medical Social Worker and Registered Systemic Family Therapist. Peters talk will cover the complex issues grieving parents must face when they have experienced the death of their child, highlighting what is normal in this process. The gender differences in facing such a loss will be explored to give an understanding for both parents of their differing worldviews. It will highlight the milestones on the journey through this unique grief and the small supports that can make the journey a little easier. Various types of loss, whether expected or sudden, will also be discussed to understand their impact on grieving parents, their families, and the deceased child’s siblings.

If you are in contact with any bereaved parents please let them know about this event. If they wish to join they can register via the below

Anam Cara September 2023 Information Evening

Circle of Security 8-Week Programme for Parents of Children between the ages of 4 months and 6 years

Circle of Security 8-week programme

  • Start Date: Monday 11th of September.
  • Time: 10.30am (Approx 2hrs).
  • Venue: Family Resource Centre, Commons Road, Navan C15 CP23.

Places are limited. To book a place please contact Susan on 046 907 3178. Click on the attached poster link for more details.

COS Flyer