“Don’t Lose Your Marbles”

AMH New Horizons Foyle held a fun event in the Foyleside Shopping Centre to celebrate World Mental Health Day.  The theme was “Don’t lose your marbles” and various local sport teams, students and the general public took part in an obstacle course, in which they had to try to keep their marbles despite facing obstacles such as debt, bereavement, illness – events in life which can have an effect on our mental health.

The Mayor Maurice Devenney opened the course and Derry Football Club went head to head with City of Derry Rugby Club.  Institute Football also had a go.  Young people from St Cecila’s Oakgrove and St Columb’s joined in the fun, as did University of Ulster mental health students and lecturers, councillors Pol Fleming and Joe Millar and the WHSCT’s Assistant Director of Mental Health, Bernard McAnaney.  There was such excitement that many of the shoppers didn’t want to be left out and were rewarded with a t-shirt and refreshments kindly sponsored by O’Briens Sandwich Bars.

The Health Promotion Agency carried out various health checks, and there was information available from the Equality Commission and AMH.

It was a wonderful opportunity to highlight mental health in the public domain and gave everyone the opportunity to think about events in their own lives which can have a positive or negative effect on their own mental health.

More photos are on our facebook page!

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