14 October 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

World Mental Health Day fell on Monday of this week, October 10th, so The Northern Standard marked the occasion by having a chat with Mickey McKenna from Tydavnet, a retired Psychiatric Nurse who used to work in St. Davnet’s Complex. Mickey and his son Ciaran recently returned from ‘Mickey’s Climb For Recovery’ in aid of two local mental health charities. The challenge is complete but it’s not too late to donate. Donations are open until the end of October.

The aforementioned climb involved scaling Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Mickey said that he simply couldn’t have done it without his son spurring him on to reach the summit. In his retirement, Mickey remains a passionate advocate of positive mental health and he undertook ‘Mickey’s Climb For Recovery’ to raise funds for Solas and Pieta House, Castleblayney. This was his last major climb for charity and he felt a marvellous sense of achievement from having scaled the highest mountain and descended it too!

Mickey chose the two charities because he thinks that Solas Drop-In is a wonderful peer-led facility, which provides a social outlet to members of the community who are at various stages on their recovery journey and may not have a social outlet otherwise. Some years ago, Mickey walked the Camino de Santiago, for Solas and raised €15,000. It had just opened in the St. Davnet’s Complex shortly before Mickey’s retirement. T

he former psychiatric nurse was heavily involved in the restructuring of St. Davnet’s Complex under the auspices of Dr. Owens and Dr. Carey, for whom he has great respect. He described the people with whom he had worked with as family. The retired mental health professional decided to split the funds raised between the aforementioned Solas, Pieta House’s local service, as his former colleague Una Forde told him how impressed…

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