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Celebrating Pride & Being an Ally with Under the Rainbow

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To celebrate Pride, we will be covering LGBTQ+ emotional and mental well-being, how you can celebrate Pride during Covid-19.

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Join Gillian and Dermot of Under the Rainbow to celebrate Pride. For the Irish LGBTQ+ community, June has become the traditional month to commence the Pride celebrations. We will talk about the history of Pride, why we have Pride and a little bit of a story about the LGBTQ+ journey in Ireland. We will be touching on LGBTQ+ emotional and mental well-being, how you can celebrate Pride during Covid-19 and what you can do to be an ally to your friends and colleagues.

Both presenters Gillian Fagan and Dermot McCarthy are part of the Irish LGBTQ+ Community and have previously worked within the corporate sector before becoming directors of the LGBTQ+ lead, Diversity and Inclusion training company, Under the Rainbow. Between them both they have gained vast amounts of experience of LGBTQ+ culture at work, and how to best support LGBTQ+ friends and colleagues. Furthermore,­­ they are both accredited psychotherapists with the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), and within their therapy rooms see the current daily struggles the queer community and the importance of inclusion and allyship. The presentation will be a very informative and engaging talk, providing a deeper understanding of what it is like to be LGBTQ+ in modern Ireland.

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Under The Rainbow was created by Gillian Fagan, Dermot McCarthy and Philippa Ryder. Each founder came from a corporate background and were united by their activism for human rights and equality.

With a passion for health and wellbeing their individual stories are very unique yet all have this thing in common; they overcame our struggles by stepping into their authenticity. They have a wealth of experience in helping companies and individuals overcome challenges, be their true selves and embrace the concept of mental fitness. Under The Rainbow specialise in workplace wellness and see equality, diversity and inclusion as a key component of good mental health. They go that extra mile to help empower others.

Gillian Fagan:

Gillian is a CEO, mental health consultant, trainer, therapist and leader in diversity and inclusion. She worked in financial services, mostly in litigation and risk management for over 21 years before becoming a full-time therapist and workplace wellness advocate. She founded and manages 2 companies (AcoraTherapy and Under The Rainbow) which promote wellbeing. Being a specialist in the areas of empowered leadership, anxiety management, workplace wellness, and human behavior, Gillian is a keynote speaker on resilience, uncertainty and coping mechanisms. Gillian’s mission is to make an impact by normalizing "mental fitness" and helping people accept themselves for a healthier and happier life. She helps people connect with their true self to feel empowered to live life on their terms.

Dermot :

Dermot is a psychotherapist and an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy with over 10 years experience in therapy and a background as an accountant. In 2019, he formed Under The Rainbow with two other Directors, Gillian Fagan, and Philippa Ryder. As well as a practicing therapist, he is currently CFO of Under The Rainbow. In his role as therapist primarily, Dermot deals in the areas of Low Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQ+, Grief & Loss, Sexuality, Men’s Health and Anger Management. Furthermore, he has led and presented workshops both online and offline in Stress Management, Diversity and Belonging, LGBT+ , and Men’s Mental Health. He is an active member of Sporting Pride, being the treasurer for this committee. Sporting Pride’s goal is to involve more LGBTQ+ participation in Sport, thus improving the Mental Health Fitness of the Irish LGBT+ Community.

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