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From Darkness to Light – marking Mental Health Awareness Week

11 May 2021

KOREC is marking Mental Health Awareness Week with a series of initiatives aimed at supporting our network of staff and mental health organisations.

The last twelve months have been extremely challenging for us all, and even though the worst of the pandemic is (hopefully) behind us, the potential for a mental health pandemic is still very much present.

Inspired by colleague Aisling Griffin, this year the company is supporting Irish charity Pieta – which offers free, therapeutic advice and support for those struggling with suicidal thoughts, or those who have been bereaved by suicide.

Aisling took part in ‘Darkness into Light’ – usually a group walk beginning in the wee small hours and culminating with the sunrise. This year due to COVID restrictions, participants were encouraged to do so individually with a walk, cycle or even swim before sunrise.

After a 4.15am start in the pouring rain, Aisling headed to a local beauty spot, on the cliffs overlooking the beach outside of Cork.

“Even though the walk couldn’t take place this year, I was determined to take part in the event. I walked up to the headland overlooking the sea, it’s a very peaceful spot and at that time of day, you feel like the only person in the world. On the way back I chatted to some other people doing the same as me – some even swimming in the sea. There was a real sense of comradery between us”

As a nod to Aisling’s determination and early start, KOREC staff have been encouraged to share ‘Darkness into Light’ Teams backgrounds and to make a donation to the cause – generously matched by the company.

Other activities throughout the week include reminders to staff that a range of health and well-being resources, including a confidential support helpline, healthy eating plans, gym discounts and wellness treatments are available, and an invitation to take part in June’s ‘Bike Month Challenge’ to encourage staff to get on their bikes, and get more active this summer.

Useful Links;

Pieta

Darkness into Light

Love to Ride Cyclescheme

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