World Mental Health Week runs from 10th – 16th October and this year a variety of events will take place throughout Donegal, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Clare, Mayo and Galway to highlight the importance of positive mental health.
The theme for the week is ‘Building Resilience Together’.
According to Bill Vaughan, Mental Health Ireland ‘resilience is about the ability to ‘bounce back’ from difficulties and have the strength to change and adapt to new circumstances.’
He said: “Considering that we are all facing more and more challenges it is vital that we practice ways to build our resilience. That way we can maintain good mental health even in the face of difficulties.”
World Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to show case initiatives promoting mental health in the county. Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion officer, HSE said: ‘Many groups and organisations around the county are doing fantastic work in the area of positive mental health. There is no doubt that it is a major concern in communities at the moment and the array of events during this week will certainly put the spotlight on the many ways in which community, voluntary and statutory services can provide support.”
She added: “I am particularly thrilled to see the work going on in a number of schools this week because schools are an important place for young people to learn the skills for good mental health”
One of the week’s events will involve Donegal Youth Council developing postcards with ‘tips to unwind your mind’ for distribution around the county.
Marie Duffy from Donegal Youth Council said: “It is great to see young people taking an active role in promoting positive mental health in their schools. Promoting positive mental health is a top priority for Donegal Youth Council and they have been working hard to reduce the stigma associated with it.”
In Galway, the Mental Health Association of Ballinasloe is organising a free Trialogue Meeting in Haydens Hotel, Ballinasloe from 7pm – 8.30pm. A Trialogue is a facilitated circle of conversations that offers people unique opportunities to freely and safely share their own experiences, stories or questions about mental health. More details from Gerry Blake, HSE West on 087 418 3139.
In Clare there will be a range of interesting events to attend, such as ‘Laughter Yoga’ at An Grianán Resource Centre which will take place on the 10th Oct.
So, whether it is going for a walk or listening to a talk… a cup of tea and a chat, or yoga on a mat …laughter at your lunch, or joining a new bunch – do something to acknowledge Mental Health Week …. you’re worth it !