Sharon’s dog show raises funds for local mental health support

Margaret and Bill Daglish with Barney

Posted: 9:41 AM on Aug 29th, 2021

By Jodie Curran

j.curran@fermanaghherald.com

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A LOCAL woman who recently organized Fermanagh’s own dog show raised over £ 400 in support of a local mental health service.
Sharon West of Home from Home dog daycare felt it was important to “give back” as Covid has affected many people’s mental health more.
“I’ve always done something for charity for the past eight years, but it got more common after I lost both of my parents to lung cancer, so ‘Macmillan’ was usually my charity choice.
“However, because of the Covid outbreak and its impact on people’s mental health, as well as the number of suicides in our county, I wanted to be more specific and chose a charity that didn’t advertise a lot.
“I chose the Action Mental Health ‘Boost’ program here in Fermanagh, which supports people between the ages of 18 and 25 with training and courses to help them get back on track.”
Sharon also shared about her own experiences with anxiety over the years and how mental health awareness now holds a special place in her heart.
“I’ve had anxiety since I was 20, but I hide it very well, but behind closed doors it’s something else,” she said.
“My husband fell off a ladder three years ago and has a brain injury, so it’s mental health and the team at Drumcoo were fabulous.
“However, there is definitely not enough support for people from all walks of life, but there are so many people who suffer from some form of mental health.
“These services are absolutely vital, they make the difference between life and survival. The ‘Boost’ program offers self-discovery opportunities that help young people regain their confidence, have fun and make new friends.
“The local program provides support that enables people to take positive steps towards their future and offers opportunities to develop life skills so that they can achieve their goals.
“It combines training, personal development, and fun activities to build resilience and encourage positive coping skills.”

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Posted: 9:41 AM on Aug 29th, 2021

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