When a recognisable, well-loved and well-respected personality such as Niall Breslin (aka Bressie) talks openly about their personal mental health – they get an immediate and attentive audience. But given the honesty and courage which Niall has spoken publicly with in recent times, he not alone earned but well deserves his audience – and what’s more his authentic efforts have gathered quite the ‘dynamic momentum’.
Not alone did Niall’s heartfelt disclosure of his struggle with anxiety spur the foundation of the A Lust for Life wellness website, (of which I was only too delighted to have been invited to write an article on ecotherapy for), his new creation on RTÉ Two, ‘Bressie’s Ironmind’ will explore the link between movement/exercise and well-being.
Bressie tells us that the aim,
“…was to work with a group of individuals with varying degrees of primary care mental health issues over the course of six months to train them to compete in a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon, but more importantly to develop their coping strategies and mental fitness with the hope that it would allow them deal much more effectively with their minds and emotional well-being”
However important it is that we see Bressie and his team of professionals exploring the link between ‘mind and body’ the benefit of having the topics of mental health and wellness being discussed on primetime national television is immense. An inspirational and encouraging character the calibre of Bressie, can and has done so much for this nation’s wellbeing which is to be encouraged and admired, (no pressure intended Bressie).
At Walk Inniú of course we are a little (a lot) more sedentary about incorporating movement into counselling psychotherapy and although we get a lot of energetic hikers at our fortnightly Winter Walk and Talk’s at Dublin’s Phoenix Park, the pace is usually more of a ramble. I know of a fellow practitioner in London who literally runs with his clients around a park during their sessions and this of course will resonate with people who enjoy jogging for its therapeutic benefits.
But when it comes to working with me here in Dublin the hint is in the name… it’s ‘Walk’ Inniú.
Click here to read my Walking towards Wellness – Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology article featured in Bressie’s Wellness Website ‘A Lust for Life’