Hello Limerick campaign to help people reconnect

Mayor Daniel Butler (centre) with Elizabeth Stundon and Ian Hackett of thr Limerick Mental Health Association at the launch of the 'Hello Limerick' initiative.

LIMERICK people are being encouraged to reconnect in a meaningful way on April 7 by participating in a nationwide initiative organised by Mental Health Ireland.

The HELLO campaign breaks down the steps – H (Hello); E (Engage);   L (Listen); L (Learn); and O (Options) – which supports people to reach out, say hello and ask how are you?

Launching the Limerick element of the campaign, Mayor Daniel Butler said that local communities and organisations should get involved in what he described as a very worthwhile exercise.

“Let’s go out and say ‘Hello Limerick ‘and support Limerick Mental Health Association’s efforts to have that real conversation to truly see how somebody is by simply engaging in conversation,” he added.

Limerick Mental Health Association is asking community groups, workplaces, schools and organisations across the city and county to get involved and host an event such as a coffee morning, a walk, a cake sale, a colours day in school or a workshop.

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“No event is too small to start conversations and to say, ‘Hello, how are you?'”, Limerick Mental Health Association Manager Ian Hackett said.

“Limerick has always been a city and county where neighbours and communities give a great sense of belonging. We’re now inviting communities and workplaces to participate in our ‘Hello Limerick’ campaign on April 7.

“For some, it will be no problem to reconnect in person again after two years in a virtual world but it is not such a simple process for everyone. Hosting a simple coffee morning or a cake sale gets people talking in person and gives them a reason to meet,” he explained.

There are a range of resources available to download including digital posters and digital cards. Further details can be had by emailing [email protected]