3,000 sign up for Majella’s mental
A CHARITY founded by
Majella O'Donnell has helped more than 3,000 people
improve their mental wellbeing by tackling the
damage done by stress in their lives.
Donegal Mind Wellness was set up three years ago by
mental health campaigner Majella (57) who has
struggled with depression most of her adult life.
The charity, supported by volunteers and the HSE,
runs a “very successful” free course called 'Stress
Control' that has been attended so far by more than
3,000 people across the county.
It outlines the 14 most common signs of stress
reported by people in Ireland today. These include
worry, brooding, irritability, poor concentration,
feelings of hopelessness, poor sleep and increased
reliance on alcohol or drugs.
Other symptoms include tearfulness, inability to
switch off, feelings of panic, being on-edge and
always expecting the worst. The six-week course,
comprising 90-minute sessions, includes
stress-reduction techniques, nutrition advice and
coping skills. The course will be delivered at four
more Donegal locations before Christmas including
wife of country music star Daniel, will host a
special event devoted to mental health and wellbeing
on World Mental Health Day next month.
The outspoken breast cancer survivor has previously
stated that fighting cancer was “a piece of cake”
compared to depression. Majella, who had a double
mastectomy, also recently revealed how she currently
battles with worry that the cancer might return.
The mother-of-two and grandmother will speak about
her own experiences of mental illness and discuss
the current state of mental health care in Ireland.
“There will be chat, drama, music and more. Open to
anyone who cares about their mental health. You're
all very welcome,” Majella told Facebook followers.
The event is free and will be held in An Grianan
Theatre, Letterkenny, on October 10, 2017 at 8pm.