Row Your Demons challenge launched as part of World Mental Health Awareness Month

Miriam O’Callaghan, with Oisín Scollard, Co-Founder of Turn2Me, and Suzanne Ennis, Clinical Manager at Turn2Me. Photo: Mark Stedman

Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan launched the “Row Your Demons” challenge as part of World Mental Health Awareness Month.

The fundraiser benefits Turn2Me, a national mental health charity that offers free one-on-one counseling and free support groups 365 days a year. The Row Your Demons fundraiser is calling on people across the country to use a rowing machine for half an hour and donate €50 – the cost of one counseling session – to Turn2Me.

The charity explained that with the fallout from the pandemic and the rising cost of living, accessible mental health services are more important now than ever. Using a rowing machine for half an hour will benefit our mental health, especially because exercise has stress-relieving benefits such as: B. Elevated endorphins. The charity added that each person who joins the fundraiser is “paying it upfront” and funding a counseling session for someone in Ireland.

“I’m excited to start Row Your Demons,” said Miriam O’Callaghan. “So many people across the country suffer from anxiety, depression, grief and loneliness, and many of these problems have been exacerbated by the pandemic and again by the rising cost of living. It’s been a tough few years for many people, which is why it’s so important to support charities like Turn2Me that provide professional, accessible mental health services in Ireland.”

“Row Your Demons is a great fundraiser for gym goers across the country,” added Turn2Me co-founder Oisín Scollard. “Half an hour on a rowing machine is challenging but doable, and the money raised goes to a good cause. You can row alone for half an hour or you can go to the gym with a group of buddies and row side by side.

If they want, people can also tag their friends on social media and nominate them to take part in the Row Your Demons challenge. It’s a big challenge and all money raised will be used to fund professional one on one counseling sessions for people in Ireland.”

The Row Your Demons challenge allows people to participate by using a rowing machine for half an hour and donating €50 to Turn2Me or on iDonate. People are encouraged to tag @Turn2Me on social media channels. The event is sponsored by Actavo Events and Windsor Motors.

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