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A message from Lewis Kenny

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We work hard to make First Fortnight happen. We work long hours in our so-called real jobs and then work longer in our so-called free time to keep this thing afloat and keep our message out there. It’s hard at times. In fact it’s hard a lot of the time. And I have no problem admitting that quite often I wonder why I still do it and how much longer I can keep doing it. And it’s a funny thing. It seems that every time I feel like that something happens that makes be stop and say “That’s why we do this! That’s why this matters. And that’s why I’m going to keep doing it.” Well, that happened again recently… (more…)

First Fortnight is looking for media and PR volunteers

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First Fortnight is looking for volunteers to assist with its media and PR campaign ahead of the 2015 Festival this January.

You may be someone working in journalism or PR or you may be a blogger, journalist, videographer or PR student with an interest in mental health and looking to gain some experience at working on a festival or health-focused media campaign.

The roles will involve assisting the Press, Public Relations and Media manager. You will work under his guidance to help plan the festival’s PR campaign; contribute articles and ideas for our blog; help push our message on social media; and contact journalists and other media professionals to help gain coverage for the festival.

Hopefully you will be interested in mental health and the arts and willing to give over a few hours each month to help First Fortnight’s goal of challenging mental health stigma.

First Fortnight is a volunteer-run charity, but you’ll get great experience of working on a national festival with a passionate and committed team. It’s great fun, we promise!

If it sounds like something you’re interested in, please drop Steve Cummins a line – or on Twitter @Steve_Cummins

2013 at the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies.

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As we get further into 2014,  the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies looks back on a very successful first year in 2013. We have set up a brand new service, delivering art psychotherapy to individuals within homeless services for group, or individual art psychotherapy.

We have had invaluable support from Genio, Crosscare, Dublin City Council, the HSE and everyone who supports First Fortnight throughout the year. This support has led to the survival of the project into 2014, and we look forward to growing and expanding our service in the coming year. (more…)

What are the Creative Arts Therapies?

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Back in September Bill Ahessy a music therapist wrote an excellent article in the Irish Psychologist, giving a comprehensive overview of the Creative Arts Therapies in Ireland.

Bill Ahessy trained as a music therapist in (more…)

Win a Canon Camera with First Fortnight & Conns Cameras

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First Fortnight and Conns Cameras are offering you the opportunity to win a Canon Ixus camera.All you have to do to enter this great competition is come along to and of our Happy Clouds events around Dublin and Cavan, take a photo of a Happy Cloud and post it to Twitter mentioning @firstfortnight and using the #FFfest14 tag. It’s that simple! (more…)

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