This is Leonard Kelly’s bright idea for Greater Leinster.

Training individuals as positive mental health and wellbeing first responders in their communities.

HOW WE WILL SPEND THE MONEY

Mental health issues are common in our communities, therefore individuals are likely to have close contact with people affected.

However, most of us are not well informed about how to recognise mental health issues, how to provide support and what are the best services available. We want to improve public understanding. We will achieve this by facilitating the appropriate training, and building the network of CommunityMinders.

We will develop a training program that teaches members of the public how to help a person developing a mental health problem, or experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem.

What if we could look the future in the eye and believe we could live in a culture, a reality in which our emotional well-being is equal to our physical well-being, a reality in which we did not foolishly rely on our silence to grant us immunity from the dark night, where communities would champion the knowledge, resources, skills and language to shine light where darkness cowers, where street by street, estate by estate, club by club, workplace by workplace, community by community we would develop the skills and resources to show we care, ask the question and call for help.