Mayo Farmers Month

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Croí, the Heart & Stroke Charity, along with Healthy Ireland, Pobal and Teagasc, invited the Mayo farming community to get involved and make heart healthy changes during Mayo Farmers Month, which launched Dec 29, 2020.

See the free resources below!

Mayo Farmers Month Programme

The Croí Mayo Farmers Month health and wellbeing programme, delivered online earlier this year, was specifically designed with Irish farmers in mind. The Croí Health Team worked with a group of Mayo farmers to help them improve their heart health and reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease through exercise, diet and lifestyle changes.

The programme was well-received by all who participated. Check out the videos below to hear from two farmers who completed the programme and kindly shared their experiences: Michael McNamara, from Clare Island; and Seamus McGrenra, from Claremorris.

Michael McNamara, Clare Island

Seamus McGrenra, Claremorris

Health & Mind

Mental Health Resources

  • Alone is good for older people who are lonely. alone.ie. 0818 222 024 low cost number 8-8. Email: hello@alone.ie
  • Depression & Bipolar Disorder Support. www.aware.ie. Tel:  Freephone 1800 80 48 48 (available 7 days, 10am-10pm). Email: supportmail@aware.ie
  • Awareness Head to Toe is a completely voluntary committee formed to promote mental health, general heath and farm safety awareness throughout the rural community. https://awarenessheadtotoe.com/
  • Pieta House. Free therapeutic support to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. T: 1800 247 247. W: pieta.ie
  • The Samaritans. Samaritans is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. They’re there 24/7, before, during and after a crisis and they make sure there’s always someone there, for anyone who needs someone. samaritans.org/ireland email: jo@samaritans.ie. Call 116 123.
  • 50808 is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis – big or small. Text HELLO to 50808 to start a conversation, any time – day or night. https://text50808.ie/
  • ifa.ie/mental-health
  • mentalhealthireland.ie
  • reachout.com
  • spunout.ie
  • hse.ie/mental-health

Co. Mayo Resources

  • Family Centre Castlebar. Call 094 9025900
  • Community psychology for children & Adolescents. Call 094 9042281
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health service. Call Ballina 096 20399 / Castlebar 0949042656
  • Adult mental health service. Call 094 9042621 (Admin office)
  • Mindspace Mayo is a free and confidential support service for young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Mindspace’s aim is to support young people age. https://www.mindspacemayo.ie
  • Mayo University Hospital 094 9021733
  • Additional information for further counselling and support services please see mayobewell.ie
  • Emergency services 999 or 112

FREE Heart Health Webinar for Farmers

On Thursday, January 21st at 7pm, Croí held a free webinar on heart health. Experts from the Croí Health Team shared information on diet, exercise and lifestyle. Watch it here now!

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The Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Discover the beauty of the West Coast with Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way!

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Pictured at the launch of Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way (Supported by Laya Healthcare) is Cillian Morris, Business Development Manager, Laya; Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí; and Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising, Croí.

Croí, the Heart and Stroke Charity, has launched a new virtual challenge along the Wild Atlantic Way, encouraging people to get moving and raise funds to help support people living with heart disease and stroke.

Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way takes runners, walkers and joggers on a virtual journey down counties along the west coast, from Donegal to Clare. Participants can log their daily kilometres and reach stunning discovery points along the way on an interactive map, including Malin Head, Achill Island, Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head Lighthouse. The challenge is proudly supported by laya healthcare.

“We are so excited to launch this stunning challenge. Exercise has been restricted to within a 5km radius for now, but this new challenge opens up our walks and runs virtually to the wild west coast! Our coastal challenges offer routes to suit all abilities over the six weeks – from the Coast of Clare at 6,000 steps a day, to a more challenging route with the Coast of Mayo at 16,500 steps a day,” says Christine Flanagan, Director of Fundraising at Croí.

“I am delighted to take part in this virtual challenge in aid of Croí. It’s a great way to keep up the activity levels, while supporting vital services for people living with heart disease and stroke. I will be taking on the Galway coastal challenge and look forward to reaching the great discovery points along the way,” says Kevin O’Reilly, Chairman, Croí Board of Directors.

Cillian Morris, Business Development Manager at laya healthcare, added, “As Croí’s Health & Wellbeing partner, we’re very proud to support the charity in continuing to promote the importance of heart health in a virtual world. The ‘Couch to Wild Atlantic Way’ is such an inspired idea, we hope record numbers get involved to raise much-needed funds for this worthy charity. Our healthcoach team are on hand to create personalised fitness and nutrition plans for members who want to prepare to take on the tougher challenges along the route. I’m going to give the Donegal Coast challenge a go, it’ll be good training for when I can get back up there in person!”

Funds raised will support heart and stroke services, including Croí’s new helpline, Heartlink West. The challenges facing people living with heart disease and stroke are now greater than any that have come before, and the Croí health team is experiencing increased demand for support services. This event will help Croí to continue to respond to the needs of the community during this difficult time, when people living with heart disease or stroke are at greater risk if affected by COVID-19.

The virtual challenge runs for six weeks, launching June 10th. Registration costs €15 each or €40 for families, with everyone receiving a special eco-friendly Croí Couch to Wild Atlantic Way medal! Discover the beauty of Ireland’s West Coast by taking part in Croí’s Couch to Wild Atlantic Way. Register now at www.croi.ie/WildAtlanticWay.

Free public talk in Galway: The Key to Healthy Ageing

As part of Croí’s Third Age Programme, which aims to reduce the impact of age-related heart and stroke conditions, we are delighted to invite you to a free public talk:

Listen to your heart…
The Key to Healthy Ageing

Date: Wednesday, April 10th , 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Croí Heart and Stroke Centre, Moyola Lane

Guest speakers on the night include:

  • Dr. Faisal Sharif – High blood pressure
  • Dr. Aidan Flynn – Atrial fibrillation & heart failure
  • Mr. Alan Soo – Heart valve disease

Join us to learn how to keep your heart healthy as you age.

Places are limited, so reserve your place now:

Phone: Call Croí on 091-544310.
Online: Go to www.croi.ie/galwaytalk to register online and reserve your place.

Free public talk in Castlebar: The Key to Healthy Ageing

As part of Croí’s Third Age Programme, which aims to reduce the impact of age-related heart and stroke conditions, we are delighted to invite you to a free public talk:

Listen to your heart…
The Key to Healthy Ageing

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd , 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Location: TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar

Guest speakers on the night include:

  • Tom O’Malley, Consultant Physician, Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, who will speak on atrial fibrillation and stroke prevention;
  • Faisal Sharif, Consultant Cardiologist, Galway University Hospital, who will speak on control and management of high blood pressure; and
  • Darren Mylotte, Consultant Cardiologist, Galway University Hospital, who will speak on heart valve disease and its treatment.

Join us to learn how to keep your heart healthy as you age.

Places are limited, so reserve your place now:

Phone: Call Croí on 091-544310.
Online: Go to www.croi.ie/castlebartalk to register online and reserve your place.