Read what some of our members have to say abut their own personal experiences and the difference Troy MHA has made in their lives.

My name is Declan Kavanagh, I suffer from mental illness. I attend the Troy Social Club every Friday night. I first started 8 years ago and I find that it me great confidence to go out beyond the club and meet people has changed my whole social life. I used to have no friends and life was very boring and lonely for me at the weekends. I now organise a pool competition at the club and we have a great bit of fun and craic. I now have met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. I look forward to my Friday night it has given.

Declan Kavanagh,

My name is Anthony Doyle. The Troy Club means a lot to me because when I started going to club I was not well and had no confidence. But I got involved in running the club and helping out. I have being involved in the club now for 8 years and my confidence has come back. I now sit on the committee of mental health Dun Laoghaire and love helping my fellow suffers.

Anthony Doyle,

My name is Simon Hughes. I have been coming to the Friday club for five years. I used to stay in a lot and not do much at the weekends. I started going to the club on the advice of a friend I met in Venegas House Day Centre in Dun Laoghaire. I find it gets me out of the house and gives me an interest which I didn’t have before. I socialise and play games at it and its great craic. I look forward to my Friday nights now as the people there are great.

Simon Hughes,

My name is Theresa Lynch. I am the Treasurer of Dun Laoghaire Mental Health. I am a carer in the Dalkey Troy Social Club.

I first started 8 years ago and I have seen a lot of people come and go. When they first start a lot of them are not that well, after a few weeks you can see them come out of themselves and gain a lot of belief in themselves. It makes me feel good to be part of it. They are a great bunch of people and I admire every one of them.

Theresa Lynch,

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