THERE AREN’T too many occasions throughout the year when Minister of State Paul Kehoe, Wexford County Council Chief Executive Tom Enright, Wexford County Council Cathaoirleach Paddy Kavanagh, Wexford Junior Council Chairperson Karen Roche, Wexford Chamber of Commerce President Karl Fitzpatrick and CEO Madeleine Quirke, Wexford Rotary President Niall Reck, Wexford Lions Club President Dan Redmond, a plethora of local councillors and other dignitaries, a former senior inter-county footballer and many, many, people from across County Wexford and beyond gather together.
For the recent launch of mental health awareness campaign ‘Ask’, however, all of the above were honoured to join in the company of thought-leader and initiative founder Mayor Frank Staples who has made good on a promise made on the night of his mayoral election to help knock down the stigma which can surround issues of mental health.
Mayor Staples’ ask to the people of the county and beyond is straight-forward, yet powerful: that we step up and genuinely ask one another how we are feeling and that we ourselves ask for help when we need it.
The culmination of four months’ preparation was presented at Wexford County Council buildings last Wednesday evening, when members of the ‘Ask’ campaign committee detailed how they intend to work in the Wexford District to help fight the darkness of mental health difficulties.
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