Coná and Shea take the plunge with new Cold Water Club

A NEW cold water group called Cold Water Club has dived into Fermanagh waters. The new group has been started by newlyweds Coná and Shea Daly who host local swim socials to help people get involved in cold water swimming. Coná had been doing events under her Instagram page dipsnhips for the last two years before starting the […]

COLUMN: 300% increase in use of yoga and meditation

A STUDY published on January 31st, 2024 which featured in the New York Times, and was conducted by the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), revealed that the use of yoga and meditation for health conditions experienced significant growth from 2002 to 2022. Researchers gathered data points over a […]

Podcast host stops off at St Kevin’s College

A Fermanagh podcaster and motivational speaker stopped off in Lisnaskea to offer some advice to the pupils and staff at St Kevin’s College. As part of the celebrations for ‘Children’s Mental Health Week’, Enniskillen podcast host Geraldine McGrath was the special guest at the Lisnaskea school and she felt it was a very important workshop. […]

Lisnaskea man says help is needed for mental health

THOSE in charge of mental health services must make sure they are really taking the time to listen to those who come forward seeking help, instead of “just ticking boxes.” That’s the vital message from a well-known local man who himself has experienced first-hand the powerful impact of “being heard” when going through his own struggles. Stephen Carters, a former Lisnaskea […]

Fermanagh author goes to Hollywood

A FERMANAGH author and wellbeing champion has been jetting around the world and mingling with the stars to promote mental health awareness. Emma Weaver, who is a best-selling writer and TEDx speaker, recently returned from LA where she was MC-ing at an event as part of a ground-breaking campaign on mental health awareness. Founded by Yorkshire man […]

Louise turns loss into quest to help others

AN ENNISKILLEN woman who has been through the loss of her beloved partner and cousin through suicide is using her birthday to raise much needed funds for a local mental health charity.  Louise Boyle is asking her friends, family and the wider community for donation to North West STOP – Suicide Prevention for her birthday, […]

Emer’s ‘Dry January’ will boost funds for Aisling Centre

‘BETTER days are to come’, for anyone suffering with mental health, according to Emer Jones from Enniskillen, who has taken on the ‘Dry January’ challenge to raise vital funds for the Aisling Centre. “In October I lost my sister Erne to suicide, it has been a very difficult time for me and my family,” explained […]

Call for review of ‘inadequate mental health funding’

FORMER Fermanagh MLA Richie McPhillips has called for inadequate mental health funding across the local area to be “reviewed urgently” as he vows, “people power and empathy can be a great catalyst for change” in relation to mental health and suicide prevention.  In response to the “overwhelming” support his family has received since the tragic […]

‘Reach out and talk to one another’ – urges counsellor

AS Stormont Ministers warn us to stay indoors once more. The fear and uncertainty of what the future will hold has weighed heavy on the shoulders of young people right across Fermanagh for some time now. While restrictions have minimised everyday trade and travel, internet activity has surged among young people, with everyday access to […]

Suicide is destroying ‘the soul of the country’

IN AN emotional plea during the funeral mass of Michael McPhillips, (54), his brother, Canon Jimmy McPhillips stressed it was finally time for us as a nation to talk about suicide and depression. “We need to talk so that no more families or communities are left like us this morning. Devastated, as we strive to […]