World Mental Health week is a global initiative to promote mental health education, awareness and advocacy and to reduce social stigma around the topic of mental health. Mental Health Ireland in partnership with the HSE, Leitrim Development Company and a number of community and voluntary organisations will be hosting a range of interesting, informative and fun events across the week, which runs from 8th to 13th October 2018.
It would be wonderful if your group would consider getting involved and organising a suitable event to help engage the local community and spread the message of openness and acceptance around the whole theme of mental health. This could be anything from a coffee morning to a wellness workshop – have a look at last year’s events
Also, if you have comments or ideas about how best to spread the word please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 087 183 1253
If you are already running an event, please will you provide the details in this form and we’ll get it included in the brochure. Please send back by August 24th.
Underpin Your Mental Health – he Five Ways to Wellbeing
The five ways to wellbeing, which will underpin mental health week, are simple, accessible and achievable for everyone
(1) Connect: Feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need. This week, try to do something different and make a connecting. This could include phoning or meeting someone you care about for a proper catch up or asking how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you.
(2) Be Active: Activities such as walking, can have the added benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as provided some level of exercise. Find an exercise you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility
(3) Take notice: Taking notice of the world around you can directly enhance your wellbeing. Go for a walk and make a conscious effort to notice the landscape on your route or have a ‘clear the clutter’ day.
(4) Keep learning: Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Signing up for a night class or pursuing a new interest or hobby is a great way to boost your wellbeing.
(5) Give: Participation in social and community life is strongly linked with improved wellbeing. Why not explore volunteering opportunities in Sligo by enquiring with Sligo Volunteer Centre