Second podcast airs in mental health series on local stories of hope and recovery ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10th

8th October 2021,
Media Release

The second in a series of podcasts focusing on local stories of hope and recovery in Cavan and Monaghan is live today Friday October 8th ahead of World Mental Health Day on Sunday October 10th.

Stories of Recovery Podcast Series is a collaboration between Mental Health Ireland and HSE Cavan Monaghan Mental Health Service as part of the Connecting for Life Cavan Monaghan Strategy to reduce suicide in our communities.

The series is running over seven months, airing an episode each month addressing different aspects of recovery from adversity and mental health challenges.

It is widely recognised that sharing the personal narrative and lived experience of recovery from adverse events in life offers hope and inspiration to those who may be going through something similar. It has been shown to promote help seeking behaviour and encourage people to reach out for support when needed. To mark World Mental Health Day episode two of Stories of Recovery Podcast is now live at here

Miffy Hoad, Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland for the Cavan Monaghan area will discuss the podcast this afternoon on the Wider View programme on Northern Sound.

In conversation with Miffy on the podcast are Dermot Foley and Helen McCrarren. Dermot is a Sports Physiotherapist, working with several football teams as well as having a private Physiotherapy practice. Dermot talks about his recovery from long term anxiety & depression and how WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan, has been a staple for him in getting well and staying well. Helen is a Social Worker with HSE Cavan Monaghan Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service and is also a WRAP (wellness recovery action planning) facilitator. In this episode the focus is on what WRAP is and how it can help us to recover and maintain our wellbeing.

In November, the episode will focus on Men’s health and wellbeing and December will be about family mental health & wellbeing.

Listening to the stories of how people have overcome adversity and now flourish in their lives can provide hope and inspiration. We hope you will join us in listening to our ‘Stories of Recovery’.

“The first episode of ‘Stories of Recovery’ Podcast which was published on Friday September 10th is also available at Mental Health Ireland’s Podcast Channel or wherever you like to listen to podcasts.


To find out more about WRAP resources go to:

For more information on Connecting for Life Cavan and Monaghan, go to or contact Emer Mulligan on 086 1717 563 or email

If you, or someone you know needs support, you can find information on or Freecall Samaritans on 116 123 for a listening ear.

For information about mental health recovery and resources for supporting your wellbeing visit

Notes for Editors:

Are you, or someone you know, in crisis now and need someone to talk to?

Please do not be alone. If you are worried about yourself or someone you know it is important to get help as soon as possible. Everyone needs help from time to time. In fact, asking for help is a sign of personal strength.

  • Your first point of contact is your local GP. If it is late in the evening or at the weekend, contact NE Doctor on Call on 1800 777 911;
  • Go to the Emergency Department in Cavan General Hospital;
  • Contact the Emergency Services on 999 or 112;
  • Call the Samaritans 24 hour Freephone listening service on 116 123;
  • Visit or Freephone 1800 111 888 for information on mental health supports and services.

What to do if you’re worried about someone

  1. Let the person know you are concerned about them
  2. Ask if they are thinking about suicide
  3. Listen and understand
  4. Take all threats seriously
  5. Get professional help and call 999 if it is a crisis
  6. Look after yourself

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Last updated on: 08 / 10 / 2021