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What to Expect at Inspire Hope

Inspire Hope promises to be a positive and uplifting day of stories of hope and recovery as well as great educational sessions from mental health experts! The conference is free and open to the public and aims to inspire and educate those attending about the importance of looking after their own and each other’s mental health and well being.

You can expect a very positive and welcoming atmosphere. Light snacks and tea & coffee will be provided free during the interval from 3.00 – 3.30pm, during which time you can also pick up information from information stands from Aware and Samaritans.

If you are based in Kilcar, Killybegs, Bruckless, Dunkineely, Mountcharles, Donegal Town, Laghey or Ballintra we have free transport that you can avail of to and from the conference. Find out more about the free transport and pickup times here 

Who should attend:

Inspire Hope is suitable for anyone who wishes to learn more about their mental health and wellbeing. Aswell as offering inspirational and uplifting talks, the educational sessions include practical take home tips.

If you haven’t already registered you can register on this page or on the door from 12 midday at The Abbey Arts Centre.

Doors open: 12.00 noon
Venue: Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon
Starts: 13.00 | Ends: 17.30
Entry: Free

* Register in advance on this page or on the door from 12.00 midday at the Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon on Saturday

Running Order:

Time Talk Speaker
12.00 Doors Open
13.00 Welcome Address
13.10 Pedal The Planet Breifne Earley
13.35 Have you got your mental health first aid kit? Donal Scanlan
14.00 CBT Techniques – Self Esteem Dr. Keith Gaynor
14.30 Reconnecting with Yourself Alison Canavan
15.00 Tea + Coffee & Refreshments
15.30 CBT Techniques – Anxiety Dr. Keith Gaynor
15.55 Hitching for Hope Ruairí McKiernan
16.20 Kokoro no kaze Tara West
16.40 CBT Techniques – Depression Dr. Keith Gaynor
17.00 Health and Wellbeing Kenneth Egan
17.30 Finish

Register now for your free ticket or register on the door on Saturday!