Welcome to The Wellbeing Network
Previously The Cumasú Wellness Bus, The Wellbeing Network is a new mobile service based in West Cork aimed at encouraging individuals to improve and protect their health and wellbeing.
Working in conjunction with the HSE’s West Cork Mental Health Services and National Learning Network, The Wellbeing Network serves a population of approx 59,444 (Census 2016) across West Cork Communities. While the population is small, the geographical area we serve is very large and characterised by substantial mountainous areas and 3 peninsulas. The road and public transport infrastructure is poor so providing a community based’ service is crucial to ensure the successful provision of information and ideas about mental health and wellbeing and to strengthen a communities’ ability to care for themselves and each other.
The Wellbeing Network aims to move away from a medical model of mental health and work more with a preventative model – recognising the need for individuals to access non-clinical / medical resources to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing.
An important part of the ‘preventative approach’ is the provision of information so that everyone can be fully informed about what is available in their community, what things might work to help them through difficult periods and most of all to empower people to take ownership of their own wellbeing.
The West Cork FeelGood Festival, has been organising events to celebrate World Mental Health Day – October 10, since 2011. In previous years, the festival has organised events in towns such as Bantry, Dunmanway, Clonakilty and Skibbereen and earlier this year collaborated with Skibbereen Arts Festival on a health and community themed programme of events.
49 North Street aims to create a space, a melting pot whereby learning, therapeutic activities, creative expression and diversity can flourish. It’s about taking risks and building upon people’s strengths, working together to create a community where recovery and wellbeing thrive.
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