Mayor supports One Book mental health initiative

North Down Mayor Councillor Andrew Muir supported the Libraries NI The Health in Mind One Book Initiative on Thursday, September 12, 2013. The scheme is supported by Action Mental Health, Aware Defeat Depression, Mind Wise, Cause, Public Health Agency and Libraries NI.

Helen Osborn (Director of Library Services, Libraries NI), Lynda Bryans (Aware Defeat Depression Patron), Colin Bateman and Mayor Muir were present at the event.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry as chosen as the One Book to promote understanding and awareness of Mental Health issues and importance of well-being.

Councillor Muir said: “I found the book and event extremely valuable way to engage in positive discussions about mental health and wellbeing issues. For far too long we have considered mental health matters taboo subjects.

“By reading the book and engaging in open conversations we can hopefully realise ambition arising from The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry to do something out of the ordinary, take a journey, renew contact with someone, look at strangers with a new perspective.

Concluding, Councillor Muir added: “The story from the book and Thursday’s event must be that life is a Journey with Ups and Downs but in the midst of this journey we must dare to dream, keep connected and never undervalue Cup of a Tea and Chat.”

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