Inspiring line-up of speakers for Kilmallock Macra virtual mental health event

Kilmallock Macra is hosting a virtual mental health and wellbeing talk on Thursday (January 28) with an inspiring line-up of speakers to talk about their own personal journeys.

The event, which will be live streamed from 7:00pm on the Kilmallock Macra Facebook page, will also be available to view afterwards.

The line-up includes Mattie White, Lauren Guilfoyle, Ciarán Carey, Jonathan Dwyer and John Keane.

Mattie White is a farmer from Co. Wexford that is known in the farming circle for speaking out about his battle with depression.

“White found himself in a bit of trouble with the bank and thought his only option was to end his life until he saw there was a light at the [end of the] tunnel and sold the land he owned,” Kilmallock Macra said.

He is now passionate about helping others in the farming community see that there are people and organisations out there to help.

Lauren Guilfoyle is a chartered physiotherapist, broadcaster, social media influencer and brand ambassador. She works with Tipperary GAA as a physio and is also known for being on The 2 Johnnies Podcast.

She will be discussing physical wellbeing and the impact sport can have on mental health, also touching on the pressures surrounding social media in this day and age.

Ciarán Carey is a household name in Limerick known for his hurling career but, on Thursday night, he will be discussing his own journey through addiction.

He is now a qualified addiction councillor and works at Cúlra Counselling. On the night he will discuss coping mechanisms to help both those suffering and families that are affected by addiction.

John Keane and Jonathon Dwyer are founders of ‘Make the Moove’, a mental health initiative that started in Macra na Feirme. They have ran numerous workshops focusing on the pressures on young people in rural Ireland.

The event will be hosted by Elaine Houlihan and Laoise Bennis, both members of Kilmallock Macra.

If anyone has any questions they would like to ask on the night or would like to speak to someone from Kilmallock Macra, feel free to contact them via social media or email.