UL Hospitals Group to host public lecture on mental health at Limerick City Hall

Prof Colette Cowan, CEO of the UL Hospitals Group

Prof Colette Cowan, CEO of the UL Hospitals Group

A FREE public lecture on mental health at Limerick's City Hall will aim to tackle the myths and misconceptions around admission to an acute psychiatric unit.

The Protecting Your Mental Health lecture taking place on Tuesday, November 21 at 6pm, is hosted by UL Hospitals Group as part of a series of free public lectures.

The series of lectures forms part of UL Hospitals Healthy Ireland programme, which commits the group to greater public engagement and more educational events.

Tuesday’s lecture will feature a variety of speakers both from within the HSE and from its external partners, including Pieta House CEO Brian Higgins and Aoife Boland, Area Lead of Mental Health Engagement in the Mid-West.

The event is supported by the Little Things campaign via the Mid-West Suicide Prevention Office and will also aim inform the public on the common myths and misconceptions around admission to an acute psychiatric unit, a spokesperson said

Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions once the speakers have concluded and more lectures will take place in January and February.

UL Hospitals Group CEO Prof Colette Cowan said: “Our Healthy Ireland strategy identified a need to engage more with the public around health promotion, including mental health, and prevention of illness.

“We hope that these lectures will also provide a more convivial atmosphere for people to engage with us away from the clinics and to learn more about the services here on their doorstep.”