October 26, 2020

‘Good Times’ ahead: Song of hope lifts spirits of Waterford mental health services

Words re-written to a song by those in daily attendance at a music group in the Activation Therpay Unit in St Otteran’s Hospital is being utlised to keep spirits up at this difficult time for everyone in Waterford’s mental health services.

Titled ‘Good Times’, the project was brough to fruition as part of the HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s partnership with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s ‘Iontas’ arts and mental health programme – which sees musicians and singers (namely, Leah Clarke, Liam Merriman and Jane O’ Brien Moran) working with service users across eight settings in Waterford city and county.

The chorus of the song, performed by Jane O’ Brien Moran (see: https://soundcloud.com/artsandhealth/good-times) has a positive message for those adering to guidelines and persevering through the difficult times that are the public health emergency restrictions in response to the Covid 19 pandemic. As regards the better times that should be ahead, the song says:

‘We’ve managed to weather the storm and soon it will be warm.
This song we sing will carry us through.’

Consultant Psychiatrist with the HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s Waterford Mental Health services, Dr Darina Sloan said: “Waterford Healing Arts Trust’s Iontas programme brings arts experiences, such as music, visual art, creative writing, movement and drama to people living with mental health issues to support their wellbeing and recovery.

“This song, ‘Good Times’, was put together ahead of the Covid 19 management measures but has now come to be an uplifting piece that may offer support and hope to the listener at this challenging time.

“It is also the embodiment of our working relationship with the Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), Ireland’s leading arts and health organisation in their aim for the arts to contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity.

“We are very proud of everyone involved and, like the song says, are hoping for good times ahead.”




Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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