Special Guest Speaker for World Mental Health Day
Inchicore College is delighted to welcome Mental Health Activist Blessing Dada to the college on World Mental Health Day 2023 – Tuesday, October 10th.
Where – Inchicore College main Hall
When – Tuesday, October 10th, 11.00 am.
To celebrate World Mental Health Day 2023, Blessing Dada will address intersectional perceptive to mental health, how mental health needs to be a human right and so much more.
Blessing will share her mental health journey with us as well as speaking on topics such as, the importance of good mental health, how mental health needs to be a human right and the intersectional perspectives of mental health awareness in Irish society. The talk will last approximately 30-40 minutes with a 10-15 Q&A, the event will finish at 12noon.
All staff and students are invited to join us from 10.15am in the main hall where students can mix and mingle with other students over a cup of tea/coffee.
‘Walk in My Shoes’
We will also be holding a ‘Walk In My Shoes’ competition where we are encouraging everyone to wear odd shoes that day to remind us what it’s like to feel ‘uncomfortable’. The student/staff member with the most interesting odd shoes will get a prize!!
Blessing Dada (she/they), born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, is a multi-award winning Black-Irish mental health writer and artist, who’s been in the activism space for the last 10 years.
She is also a content creator/blogger on social media, and an outspoken passionate activist on various social justice issues, especially on the intersectional perspectives of mental health awareness in Irish society.
Accompanied with their lived experiences with all things mental health, being chronically ill and disabled, neurodivergent and more – they raise awareness of perspectives predominately affecting Black & other ethnic minority communities in Ireland.
She is also a passionate Youth Support Worker, and has been featured in The New York Times, Hot Press Magazine and The Irish Independent
Being involved with numerous organisations in close proximity, such as Mental Health Reform, See Change and SpunOut, they can be found participating in various projects, podcasts and writing on social media to spread awareness through empathy and education.
She was one of the 50 people nominated to be watched in 2022 by the Irish Independent and named as one of 23 Black Irish Stars who ‘made it big last year and who expect bigger things in 2023’, by The Sunday Times earlier this year.