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Change Your Mind Festival 2023

Sun 15 Oct 2023,
11am - late
Date Sun 15 Oct 2023, 11am - late
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
Price FREE
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The only Mental Health Festival for all the family returns! Joined by the President of the Irish College of Psychiatrists, professionals answer questions, Experts by Experience share their stories and we explore Innovation in Mental Health. Throughout the day you can enjoy entertainment from PJ Gallagher, podcasters Dean&Mano, Jay from RTEJr and a Magician as well as fitness, wellbeing and mindfulness sessions.

Come, enjoy and fight the Stigma with us!


Morning Session from 11.30am

Meet and Greet and Innovation in Psychiatry with Dr. Donal O'Neill (Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director), Maria Bailey (Business Manager), Blaithin Sweeney (from Havin A Laugh) and Dr. Graffeo (Psychiatry Senior Registrar and Founder of CYM Festival) from Leitrim/West Cavan/South Donegal Mental Health Services.

Consultant Psychiatrics Panel - Q&A Session with Edmond O'Mahony (Rehab Consultant Psychiatrist - Psychiatry of Later Life)

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PJ Gallagher, Actor, Comedian and Radio Presenter, speaking about his mental health journey.

Updates from the Irish College of Psychiatry with Dr Lorcan Martin (Adult Consultant Psychiatrist and President of The College Of Psychiatrists Of Ireland) and Prof Geraldine McCarthy (Dean Sligo Medical Academy Honorary Professor School Of Medicine, Consultant Psychiatrist - Psychiatry of Later Life).

Innovation in Psychiatry with Dr Elizabeth Gethins (Consultant Psychiatrist, - Psych Liaison Team and Crisis Intervention Team Clinical Lead), Eimear McGuire (Adult Consultant Psychiatrist) and Dr Ignazio Graffeo.

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Coping with Loss with Geraldine and Redmond Murphy and Aoife Gallagher.

Experts by Experience with Sligo Podcasters lockstockand2jokingaddicts, Paul Rooney from MuddySoulsAdventures and Keith Richardson from StormBody Fitness.

Seoid featuring Kerrie Herrity, Kenny Donagher, John Dwyer and Fiachra Guihen, performing a lively and vibrant mix of traditional sets and newly composed music.


Fitness and Wellness from 11am

UvsU Fitness Session

Nutritionist Naimj Gambi

Breathwork Workshop with Aisling Ni Chathain.

StormBody Fitness session.

Yoga with Blaithin Sweeney


Entertainment For All Ages from 11am

Jay Ryan from RTE Jr with Flea Circus and Puppet Show

Face Painting

Mindfulness + Yoga + Arts&Crafts Children with Kids Connect

Mr Majestic Magic Show

Organised by Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan/South Donegal Mental Health Services Ignazio Graffeo, Hugh Slevin, Eliana Silvestri, Jacinta Sexton, Fergus Callagy and Ellie Dempsey.


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