Mental Health Ireland celebrates World Mental Health Day with local events for the whole community to enjoy
Plan to Protect Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
World Mental Health Day is celebrated worldwide on the 10th of October. It is an opportunity to bring awareness to mental health on an international, national and local scale, informing and educating people about mental health and to work towards ending the stigma and create a non-judgemental space for people struggling with their mental health to open up and talk. If you would like to plan an event during Mental Health Week please download our Toolkit Here!
Mental Health Ireland’s vision is for an Ireland where mental health is valued as being an essential part of personal wellbeing and the health of the nation. Rather than focusing on mental and emotional pain as something to be eradicated, we need to promote the message that it is normal and indeed natural to feel down at times, and that feeling vulnerable is an inherent part of being human.
Mental Health Ireland will launch their ‘Plan to Protect your Mental Wellbeing’ campaign this Mental Health Week. It encourages everyone to become aware of their wellbeing by following five simple steps. These include Connecting with others, being Active on a daily basis, Taking Notice of what’s happening around you, to Keep Learning and to Give back to your community, friends or family. By monitoring our activities and actions in these areas of our daily lives we can see which areas we are doing well in and others we may need to concentrate on.
Mental Health Ireland have 103 Mental Health Associations in communities all over Ireland. Each Association has developed a number of activities and events to celebrate World Mental Health Week between the 5th-12th October. Some of these activities include:
National Choral Singing Week in association with Mental Health Ireland.
Sing out Loud, Sing out Strong – the Big Sing in The Helix on 5th October 7.30pm – tickets €16 are available here
Laois Connects in association with Mental Health Ireland – full week of events can be found in this link
Limerick Mental Health Association awareness week are compiling their events and information can be found on their facebook page
Mensana Fest with Carlow Mental Health Association will be revealing their events on their facebook page
The Longford Mental Health Association are hosting a musical evening in the Longford Arms Hotel on the 9th October
More information and events will be uploaded so please keep an eye on this page for events taking place in your locality and please support Mental Health Ireland. If you would like to organise your own event please see this link for our World Mental Health Week Toolkit
Text MHI to 50300 to donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland
100% of text goes to MHI across most network providers. Some providers apply vat which means that a minimum of €3.26 will go to MHI. Service provider: likecharity. Helpline 01 4433890
The national coalition Mental Health Reform has launched a public campaign calling on Government to ensure community mental health services have the funding they need to provide 24/7 crisis support across the country.
Sign the petition asking Government to allocate an additional €50 million, as promised, for the continued development of community-based mental health services in 2015, and especially for 24/7 crisis intervention services in every area of the country. Share the link with your colleagues, supporters, on Twitter and on Facebook. If your organisations has support groups or offices around the country, could you encourage them to support the campaign?
If you'd like to print hard copies and get signatures that way, you can download the petition here (http://www.mentalhealthreform.ie/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Mental-Health-Lifesavers-Petition-2014.pdf) or just give Mental Health Reform a call on (01) 8749468 and they'll post some out to you. Please return signed petition sheets to us by 1st October.
Support Mental Health Reform's #MentalHealthLifeSaver social media campaign by taking a photo of you with your own personal mental health lifesaver, whoever or whatever that might be, and tweeting it to @MHReform with the hashtag #MentalHealthLifeSaver or emailing it to email@example.com.
They've had photos of cups of tea, gardening, running, friendship, yoga mats, sunshine - what's your mental health lifesaver?
Following the sucess of the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community course currently underway in UCC in Cork, Mental Health Ireland have announced four new locations for the course delivery including Tralee, Dublin, Athlone and Limerick. The course in Tralee is acceptig applications now for their October course. Closing date for applications for Tralee is 26th September and early application is reccommended. Application form can be downloaded here.
The new and innovative Certificate programme was developed in response to an increased awareness of mental health and mental health challenges in recent times. The first programme began in April 2014 in UCC and is a huge success.
Course Title: Mental Health in the Community
College: Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: October 2014 - July 2015
NFQ Level: Level 6
Entry Requirements: At least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application. While there are no formal educational requirements, it is expected that proposed candidates will have attained Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 or an equivalent qualification. Prior experience will be taken into account. Applicants should submit a personal statement with their application, which details their academic background, relevant work/life experience and motivation for taking this course. All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or equivalent TOEFL score.
Closing Date: 26th September
Next Intake: Tralee, Co Kerry, October 2014
For further information please contact:
Brenda Healy Programme Co-ordinator
Adult Continuing Education
University College Cork
t. 086 8079204]
The Mental Health Ireland Annual Conference 2014 took place from 23rd to 25th of May at the Castleroy Park Hotel in Limerick. It was a huge success with a great turnout from the voluntary sector, our Mental Health Associations and from service users.
We had inspiring and thought proviking talks from key note speakers include Declan McCarthy who works closely with Paddy McGowan, recently appointed Interim Head of Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement on the new HSE National Mental Health Management Team; Professor Agnes Higgins, Associate Professor in Mental Health and Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, TCD, a strong advocate for Recovery and Seán Megahey, Director of Services with HAIL - the Housing Association for Integrated Living, with new perspectives on support in housing.
The attendees also had the opportuity to join the Green Ribbon Talk and Walk woodland walk in Curragh Chase Forest in collaboration with Coillte, The Irish Farmers Association, See Change and Mental Health Ireland. It was a lovley outing and certainly gave all attendees the opportunitiy to talk to eachother in the beautiful surrondings of Curragh Chase Forest Park.
Please find some of the presentations from the conference and workshops here
Declan McCarthy's keynote presentation can be found here.
Mental Health Ireland in partnership with the HSE and Croi Na Gaillimhe delivered a fantastic training day to key personnel who work with men in many different capacities in County Clare. These included members of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Community & Development Workers & those working with Employability Services in Ennis. Many thanks to Ennis Mental Health Association for kindly sponsoring the training day it was greatly appreciated.
The aim of the training day was to increase participants understanding of best practice in engaging men with their health and social services. The 13 participants fully engaged in exploring some of the main issues in relation to Men’s health such as;
1. Understanding the broad Social Determinants of Health, including how gender influences Men’s approach to looking after their own health.
2. Understanding how best practice guidelines in working with Men should be used to engage more effectively with their Health and Social Services and within Health programmes.
3. Being aware of the barriers and prompts experienced by Men when accessing Health and Social Services.
4. Developing an awareness of how to set up and support effective group work with Men.
5. Developing key skills to successfully conduct a health consultation with men in relation to sustaining behaviour changes.
One of the participants notes that “ the course provided me with a greater insight into the key issues that impact on men’s health and it provided me with confidence in relation to engaging and working with men”
There are plans to deliver another training day in Clare again over the next few months. If interested in doing this training please contact Elaine Cunniffe on 0860480201
This years Mental Health Ireland National Photography project entries were fantstic! We at head office loved looking at all the colourful and creative entries and it was a very hard decision to chose winners. Once again, the level of entries was very high and after careful consideration the overall winner and provincial winners have been chosen.
The national winner is Tara Corcoran, 16yrs,St Joseph's Adolcescent School, Fairview, Dublin 3 and her winning photo is attached. All our provincial winners photos can be found on our Flickr link here.
This years Mental Health Ireland National Art project contained such a huge amount of creativity. Once again, the level of entries was very high and after careful consideration the overall winner and provincial winners have been chosen.
The national winner is Avril Sinnott, 16yrs from Abbey Community College, Ferrybank Co Waterford and her artwork is attached. All our provincial winners artwork can be found on our Flickr link here.
Mental Health Ireland announces a new mental health education programme which will be begin in April 2014 in Cork.
UCC in association with Mental Health Ireland has developed a new and innovative Certificate programme in response to an increased awareness of mental health and mental health challenges in recent times. The programme will begin in April 2014 in UCC. It is planned to deliver the programme in other centres nationally later this year.
more details here Certificate in Mental Health in the Community
Linda Thorpe Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland talks to Kathy Donaghy in The Independent about emotional resilience. Seet the article here.