Today marks start of Social Inclusion Week


Social Inclusion Week gets underway in Donegal today.

The event runs until October 12th October and coincides with World Mental Health week.

Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely says “every week should be social inclusion week”.

The annual Connecting for Life Donegal Conference is taking place today in the Central Hotel, Donegal Town supported by the Alcohol Forum, the HSE and Donegal County Council and will focus on "Connecting the Dots" exploring the relationship between alcohol, self-harm and suicide.

Other events are organised throughout the county to raise awareness and promote positive mental health initiatives.

Events planned include; digital training for those interested in learning more about technology will be hosted by Donegal ETB and events highlighting how best to staying safe while banking will be hosted by Ulster Bank.

And Donegal's Intergenerational Choir will be visiting nursing homes across the county during the course of the week as part of the Donegal Age Friendly initiative.

Donegal Road Safety Groups annual Road Safe Roadshows in the Aura Leisure Centre targeting 4th year and TY, ETB and Youthreach students will also take place during Social Inclusion Week on the 8th and 9th October.