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Art and Photography Competition Deadline Extended

Photography and Art Competition deadline extended - ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’

The closing date for Mental Health Ireland’s annual Post Primary Art and Photography competitions has been extended to Friday 27th March. 

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’ and we want to encourage students and teachers to get involved and start a conversation about positive mental health.

Last year we received over 1,000 entries from all over the country and we would really love to increase the entries this year. The overall winner in each category will win €250 and each provincial winner will receive €50.

Each year the winning submissions feature in the Mental Health Ireland Calendar along with the regional winners in both Art and Photography.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 27th March which gives students and teachers four weeks to complete their entries.

Entry forms can be downloaded below where you will find all the rules and competition guidelines.


Art Cometition guidelines and rules 

Photo Competition Guidelines and rules 


For further information:

Jill O’Herlihy                       Mental Health Ireland                    087 795 7717

Eating Disorder Awareness Week - Bodywhys

It’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week. The organisation Bodywhys is the national voluntary organisation supporting people affected by eating disorders.

Their mission is to ensure support, awareness and understanding of eating disorders amongst the wider community as well as advocating for the rights and healthcare needs of people affected by eating disorders.

This week they have organised a range of events and talks all over the country. Please see the listing below and attached here.

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Bodywhys is committed to the belief that people with eating disorders can and do recover. As such, the organisation strives to empower people affected by eating disorders to access information, support and treatment.

Bodywhys is adamant that people with eating disorders should not be discriminated against or stigmatised.

An eating disorder should not inhibit any individual's right of access to equal opportunities available to all members of society.

You will also find Bodywhys on Facebook and Twitter where they update on media interviews and information about their awareness campaign and you can text BODY to 50300 to donate €2 to Bodywhys


Join our #SmileyPancake campaign to promote positive mental health

Pancake Tuesday is nearly upon us; when eating pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner is perfectly acceptable! 

Mental Health Ireland promote positive mental health and what better way to do that than with a smile. So this Pancake Tuesday we want you to make your pancake smile!

Pancake Tuesday is the 17th of February this year. We are asking everyone buying and making pancakes at home, in work or with friends on Shrove Tuesday to have a bit of fun and dress your pancake with a smile.

To get involved in the #smileypancake campaign just follow these simple five steps.

  1. Make or buy your pancake…. We won’t judge either way!
  2. Make your pancake smile using fruit, Nutella, peanut butter, savoury fillings… the list is endless…. Get creative!
  3. Photograph your #smileypancake creation with your phone, making sure you get the lighting just perfect!
  4. Upload it to which ever social media site you use be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the all-important #smileypancake tag, and then…
  5. We would be very grateful if you could text MHI to 50300 to donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland or if your local Mental Health Association is hosting an event please support it with a local donation.


Don’t forget to add #smileypancake in your post and if you did donate please include it and let your friends and followers know.


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Orla Barry, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said “The #smileypancake social media posts will hopefully provide a space for people to talk about positive mental health and create awareness of mental health in our social circles. We hope everyone has lots of fun with this fundraising campaign and we look forward to seeing all the creative #smileypancakes on Feb 17th.

The money raised nationally will help fund Mental Health Ireland’s annual Post Primary Art and Photography Competitions which target every secondary school nationwide.

To donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland please text MHI to 50300 or you can donate via our donate button on our website www.mentalhealthireland.ie

100% of your donation goes to Mental Health Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to MHI. Service Provider: likecharity. Helpline: 0766805278

Social Media Ambassadors Wanted

2015 is a very exciting year for us at Mental Health Ireland as we are rolling out two new campaigns and we are hoping YOU might be able to assist us spread our message far and wide. 

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We are looking for people to act as Social Media Ambassadors for Mental Health Ireland. What does this involve? We thought you'd ask that!

In a nutshell, we want you to help us spread our campaign messages via your social media platforms. We will send you suggested tweets and posts that you can use or you can simply RT and share what we post or even better post in your own style!

Next step is to register your interest by sending an email to info@mentalhealthireland.ie with your handles for any of the sites listed below...

1.Twitter

2.Facebook

3.Instagram

Our first campaign is just around the corner on Tuesday 17th February and we will need you help to spread the word about our #SmileyPancake campaign - (note big hint in the hashtag!) - more will be revealed on this as soon as I get the above info from you! 

The 21st June is the summer solstice and our very first Mental Health Ireland Day. We are in the planning stages for this at the moment but will need people to help out at locations all over Ireland at local events and also on social media to push our message.

That’s all for the moment. I look forward to hearing back from you soon… we only have two weeks to pancake Tuesday and I’d love to have a big group of Social Media Ambassadors signed up before that!

You will find Mental Health Ireland on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

First Facebook Profile Photo - a huge thank-you from MHI

All the staff at Mental Health Ireland want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated via text over the past two days for their First Facebook Photo posts. More information on that here from Her.ie.

Our donations have seen a sizable increase and we are so amazed at the number of people who have donated so far. 

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Only those living in Ireland can text to donate and as a result we have seen an increase in donations to our paypal donate button on our home page. After looking at our website traffic we can see it's coming from the UK, America and Australia, leading us to believe it is the Irish abroad giving back.

The money raised will go straight into our Mental Health Awareness programme and will provide Training Bursaries for people undertaking mental health awarenss training.

If you would like to donate €4 to Mental Health Ireland after your First Facebook Photo you can text MHI to 50300. 

(100% of your donation goes to Mental Health Ireland across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to MHI. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278)


MHI partners with First Fortnight.

Check out the amazing video made by First Fortnight about our collaboration on their No More Secrets project .. click on this You Tube link

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Mental Health Ireland are proud to partner with First Fortnight on two visual arts projects. More information below about the projects but first a little about the event.

First Fortnight is a charity-based organisation with the express aim of challenging mental health prejudice through the creative arts. They believe the arts allow us to create a space where people can talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner. Once that conversation has begun, we hope this will then help to change people’s perceptions about an issue that affects us all with one in four of us set to experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. With that in mind, they hope to make the First Fortnight of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma.


Founded in 2009, First Fortnight staged its first two-week arts festival in 2012. The charity has since become a mental health service provider with the establishment in 2013 of the First Fortnight
Centre for Creative Therapies. The centre currently employs two psychotherapists providing art-therapy for individuals experiencing homelessness and mental ill-health in Dublin.


The First Fortnight charity is run entirely by a core group of volunteers. We hope you enjoy the 2015 programme of excellent music, film, theatre, spoken word, debate and visual art events, and that we see you in January.


I Have To Say, I Have To Say

The Octagonal Gallery, City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2.

  • Friday 2nd Jan @6pm
  • Thursday 8th Jan @7.30pm with panel discussion
  • Friday 9th and Tuesday 13th @1pm

A deeply personal work exploring migrant suicide, I Have To Say, I Have To Say stemmed from the death of the artists former housemate, a polish woman living in Ireland. Told through video, drawing, installation and performance, the work looks at the connections between two countries, Poland and Ireland, against Ireland’s recent history of boom time immigration.

http://firstfortnight.ie/whats-on/say-say/


No More Secrets

Taking mental health conversations out of the shadows and opening up the issues for discussion in our local communities may not always be easy, but it does help. With this in mid First Fortnight set about engaging with community groups by helping to create stunning works of art in towns across Ireland. Using street art First Fortnight have set about asking can this collaborative approach to art-making have a positive effect on our communities as a whole?

Locations include:

  • Portlaois Leisure Centre
  • Letterkenny
  • Limerick City
  • Belfast
  • Rosconnell
  • Kildare
  • Castlebar
  • Dublin City Centre (Temple Bar)

 http://firstfortnight.ie/whats-on/secrets/

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Plan to Protect your wellbeing this Christmas

 

Christmas is a busy and exciting time of the year and it can also be a stressful time for some. There are presents to find, people to visit and food to be cooked. It’s at times like this that it is important to make a plan and at Mental Health Ireland we want to encourage everyone to plan to protect your wellbeing this Christmas by following these five points.


Connect 

Orla Barry CEO of Mental Health Ireland talks a little about connecting over Christmas. "Christmas is the time of year when our relationship with family and friends comes most into focus. Feeling close to other people and feeling valued enhances our wellbeing and confidence in life. Yet at Christmas loneliness may feel most acute or disharmony maycause great distress. Plan what works for you. Connect with the people who make you feel good; acknowledge the stressful situations and set a time limit."

You may know family, friends or neighbours who may be alone over Christmas, finding it a difficult time of the year. Don’t forget these people in your plans – the smallest gesture could make someone’s Christmas.

Be active 

Just because it’s Christmas it doesn’t mean you should stop exercising or being active. It’s actually the best time to keep active as you’ll have more time on your hands and you may be eating a drinking more than usual. A brisk walk will release endorphins, your ‘happy hormone’which helps clear your mind and combat the negative effects of stress. Why not invite family or friend along, wrap up warm and have a winter picnic of soup and sandwiches along the route.


Take notice 

This Christmas why not make a plan to take notice of how you are feeling or managing everything. It’s a time when we can often put ourselves last but at what cost. It’s our Christmas too so plan to take notice of your mood and stress levels and step in and be kind to yourself when the going gets tough.


Keep learning 

At Christmas we have time to reflect on the current year and plan for the year ahead. Is there anything you would like to change (about yourself) in the New Year? Is there a target you want to set yourself for the year ahead? What are you most proud of this year? Make a list of what you want to achieve next year and make it happen.


Give

Christmas is a time of giving. We give presents to our loved ones and share precious time with family. There are so many local charities that would be delighted to receive your time or energy so why not check and see if there is a local charity you would like to help out with over Christmas. You can donate your time or money and we guarantee you will feel better for doing so.

 

Make the time this Christmas to look after yourself. By doing so you will be happier and so will others around you.


If you need to talk to a professional over Christmas or any time please call the Samaritans on their free-phone number 116 123.


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Our 2015 Calendar... On Sale Now!

2015 calendar

Our 2015 Calendar is hot off the presses and we have 350 for sale. The total price including postage is €4 for this lovely calendar. This year we have created more room for you to insert the important occasions you have throughout the year and we have also highlighted the important dates we have coming up in 2015.

If you would like to buy the calendar please visit this link which willl bring you to our online shop. 

If you would prefer to send a cheque to our head office please send it to the following address, remembering to include your return address, name and a contact number please.

2015 Calendar

Mental Health Ireland,

Mensana House,

2 Marine Tce,

Dun Laoghaire,

Co Dublin.

We only have 350 of these colourful calendars for sale and as the saying goes, when they're gone, they're gone! Many thanks for supporting Mental Health Ireland in our promotion of positive mental health across the country.

Mental Health Ireland Post Primary Photography and Art Competition 2014-2015

Mental Health Ireland are delighted to announce our annual Post Primary Photography and Art Competitions are open for entries!

The theme for this year is ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’.

We would encourage all teachers to get involved this exciting project with their students and to encourage them to explore what positive mental health means to them. The guidelines and entry form are attached below.

The overall winner in each category will receive €250 and each provincial winner will receive €50. We wish all teachers and students the best of luck and hope you enjoy exploring what positive mental health means to you.

Click on the links below for entry forms and guidelines:

Art Competition application form 2014

Photography Competition application form 2014


Good Luck!


2014 Art Winner - Avril Sinnott

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2014 Photography Winner - Tara Corcoran Molloy

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Revealing Mental Health Ireland's new logo...

We are delighted to unveil our new logo!

Here is a brief video about the logo and what it signifies. 

The logo is based on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness and reflects our role to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and to support people who experience mental health difficulties on their journey of recovery.

Well-being is about feeling good and functioning well. Positive mental health is associated with increased confidence and self-esteem, increased vitality, improved relationships, increased community participation and a greater ability to manage emotions and to deal effectively with the problems everyday life presents. 

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness described by Margaret Swarbrick is presented as a model for embracing personal wellbeing and recovery.

Recovery is a deeply personal, unique process of (re)gaining physical, spiritual, mental and emotional balance when one encounters, illness, crisis or trauma'. Margaret Swarbrick, A Wellness Approach, 2006

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.

We couldn’t be happier with Create, the design agency we worked with to produce our new look. They understood our brief and were able to transform it into what you see here. We hope to be in a position to reveal our shiny new website in the coming weeks, which we are very excited about!

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Mental Health Ireland's new logo

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MHI launches new NFQ Level 6 Certificate Programme - Mental Health in the Community

Mental Health in the Community

Commencing October 22nd 2014 in Tralee Co. Kerry 

Recognising a growing interest in mental health, Mental Health Ireland and Adult Continuing Education, UCC have joined forces to offer a new and innovative part time evening course, the Certificate in Mental Health in the Community. The course will look at how communities can support and enhance mental and emotional wellbeing through good practice in mental health promotion and suicide prevention. It examines contemporary issues in mental healthcare in both policy and practice, exploring what can work for people who experience mental health difficulties in supporting their recovery.   

Orla Barry, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said: “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting course. It will give participants an opportunity to become part of the solution, by building their knowledge of and skills in mental health promotion awhile learning about good practice in supporting others to recovery.”

Who should apply?

The Certificate in Mental Health in the Community will be of benefit to all those who are committed to enhancing their current competence, skill and practice in mental health.This includes:

  • Individuals who are actively engaged in Mental Health Associations, in community and voluntary work and/or community development.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Peer Advocates with a lived experience of mental health difficulties.
  • Workers in social care, housing and disability services.

Coming to Dublin and Limerick in January 2015

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Please visit UCC’s website to view the content of the Certificate

Students can apply online or download an application form and post it to ACE

http://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-cmhc/


Programme Details

Duration: 1 year

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Qualifications: Certificate

NFQ Level: Level 6

NFQ Award Type: Special Purpose

Costs: €990

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.

 

For further information please contact

 

Brenda Healy: Programme Coordinator

Centre for Adult Continuing Education
UCC
Cork
m. 086 8079204

 

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Mental Health Week 2014 Activities

Mental Health Ireland – Mental Health Week Activities

We have listed some of the activities taking place all around the country supported my our Mental Health Associaitons. If you are hosting an event and it's not listed please let us know and we will add it in. Happy Mental Health Week everyone and please share your #PlantoProtect your mental health with us over on twitter @mentalhealthIrl and facebook.

Sunday 5th October

Wicklow MHA / Way Ahead Project Walk / 3pm / Avondale Woods, Rathdrum

Limerick MHA / SMRC Urban Run (5/10km) / 1pm / www.smcr.ie

Limerick MHA / Launch: Reflections Art Exhibition / 7-9pm / The Sailors House, O’Curry Street

Limerick MHA / Wellness Information Day / 12-5pm / Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick

Limerick MHA / Reflections Secondary School Exhibition / 10.30-5pm Mon-Sat / Hunt Museum

Waterford MHA / WFM Radio interview / 12noon

South Tipp MHA / U6 and U8 Football Blitz / 11am / Clonmel Og Club

 

Monday 6th October

Arklow Youth MHA / Launch of weeklong activities / 11-12.30 / Arklow Bay Hotel

Galway MHA / Launch of ‘Five Ways’ card by Fergal Moore / 1pm / Quadrangle, NUIG

Galway MHA / Information stands / 11-3pm / University Hospital Galway

Carlow MHA / Official Opening of rainbow Café / 10.30am / Potato Market

Carlow MHA / ‘Making the most life throws at us’ John Lonergan / 11.30pm / Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Arklow Youth MHA / Donal Walshe ‘Live Life’ session (4th Yrs) / 1-2pm / Arklow Bay Hotel

Carlow MHA / ‘Introduction to Mindfulness’ Leonie Baldwin / 1pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / Nutrition Talk, The Nutrition Clinic / 2.30-4pm / Involvement Centre, St Dympna’s

Arklow Youth MHA / Donal Walshe ‘Live Life’ session (6th Yrs) / 2.30-3.30pm / Arklow Bay Hotel

Carlow MHA / Nutrition Talk, The Nutrition Clinic / 7.30 – 9.30pm / Graiguecullen Parish Centre 

Limerick MHA / Reflections Secondary School Exhibition / 10.30-5pm Mon-Sat / Hunt Museum

Limerick MHA / ‘Becoming Unstuck’ Focus Programme / 10.30 – 12.30pm / Focus Programme, 5-6 An Dun Church Rd

Limerick MHA / ‘Mindfulness’ Christine Beekman / 5-6.30pm / Focus Programme, 5-6 An Dun Church Rd

Tuesday 7th October

Arklow MHA / Youth Suicide Prevention Workshop / restricted event

Galway MHA / Wellbeing events for hospital staff /University Hospital Galway

Arklow Youth MHA / Drugs and Alcohol Awareness / Local schools, Arklow

Breffni MHA / Positive Coping Skills Seminar / 10-3pm   

Tipp Sth MHA / ‘Ealaion Gach Duine II’ Exhibition / 10-5pm / The Narrow Space, Mitchell St, Clonmel      

Ballybay MHA / Oisin McConville talks about mental health / 10.30am / Caun Mhuire, Ballybay, Monaghan

Rathdowney MHA / Engaging with Aging / 10.30 / Respond Community Centre, Abbeyleix

Carlow MHA / Fairgreen Fun – Tai Chi / 11-12noom / Fairgreen Shopping Centre

Carlow MHA / Building Resilience Talk, Linda Thorpe / 11-12noon / Bagnelstown Family Resource Centre

Arklow Youth MHA / Drama Theatre Co – Smashing Times (5th yr) / 11-12.30pm / St Mary’s College, Arklow                         

Carlow MHA / ‘Happiness in the workplace’ Stephen Dargan / 1-2pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Athlone MHA / Looking After your Mental Health with Paul Gilligan / 1.30pm / Athlone Community College

Arklow Youth MHA / Drama Theatre Co – Smashing Times (5th yr) / 2-3.30pm / CBS and Gaelcholaiste na Mara, Arklow 

Carlow MHA / Individuality documentary & Wellness workshop / 4.30 – 6pm / The Vault, Burrin St, Carlow

Carlow MHA / Mind Matters Collection Launch  - The Happy Movie / 5.30pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / ‘The Rise Foundation’ talk with Frances Black / 7.30pm / Talbot Hotel, Carlow

Carlow MHA / ‘The Lessons for Living’ Stephen Dargan / 7.30 – 9.30pm / Askea Parish Centre

Carlow MHA / Drama Therapy Workshop / 7-9.30pm / The Vault, Burrin St, Carlow

Limerick MHA / Launch: GROW’s Soul Survivors 3 Book / 12/30-2pm / GROW office, 33 Henry St

Limerick MHA / Mad Hatters Fancy Dress Tea Party / 9pm – late / The Library Bar, Cornmarket Row

Wednesday 8th October

Wicklow MHA / Coffee Morning / 10.30am / Scout Hall, Wicklow Town

Dun Laoghaire MHA / Social Inclusion Week / All day / Dun Laoghaire Co Council Offices

Galway MHA / Wellbeing events for hospital staff / University Hospital Galway

Carlow MHA / Relax and Knit / 10-12noon / Open Door, 165 The Laurels, Carlow Town

Rathdowney MHA / Talking Mental Health, Men’s Shed / 10.30am / Rathdowney

Arklow youth MHA / Sports Blitz / 11-1pm / Coral Leisure Centre

Carlow MHA / Promoting Positive Mental Health for your Children / 10.30am / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / ‘Necessary Losses: Traumas & Tragedies, Tim Dunne / 1pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / Food for Friends / 12.30 – 2.30pm / Rainbow Café, Potato Market              

Carlow MHA / Co Carlow Women’s Health Night / 7-9.30pm / Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Carlow MHA / ‘Emotional Wellbeing’ Bernie Dunne-O’Reilly / 7-8.15pm / Forward Steps Resource Centre, Tullow

Limerick MHA / Yoga for mental health / 11-1pm / St Michael’s Rowing Club

Limerick MHA / ‘Hearing voices and schizophrenia’ Brian Hartnett / 7.30-9pm / Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall

Rathdowney MHA / the Kathleen Gorman Memorial Lecture / 7.30pm / Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

Tipp Sth MHA / ‘Little Gem’ production (€10) / 8pm / O’Keeffe’s

Limerick MHA / Night of mindful poetry with Barney Sheehan / 9.30pm – late / The Whitehouse Bar, O’Connell Street

Thursday 9th October

Arklow Youth MHA / Coping with Bullying, Pat Cortney / Local schools, Arklow

Mullingar MHA / Who Cares for the Carer free seminar / 10am-4pm / Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar

Ballyfermot MHA / Coffee morning – open event / 10am / Ballyfermot Primary Care Centre

Tipp Sth MHA / Coffee Morning / 10-12 / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Tipp Sth MHA / Craft Group / 10-12noon / Morton Street Day Centre

Limerick MHA / ‘You’ll never believe what I heard’ Rumours & Mental Health / 10 – 12noon / Doras Luimni Office, 51a O’Connell Street

Carlow MHA / ‘Taking Control’ Martin Mathews / 10am-4pm / Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow

Tipp Sth MHA / Drama Workshop ‘Power of Imagination’ / 11-12 / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Galway MHA / Information stands / 11-3pm / University Hospital Galway

Carlow MHA / ‘Eating Disorders support and recovery’ Valeie Byrne / 1-2pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Tipp Sth MHA / Memoir Writing / 1-2pm / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Limerick MHA / Mens only Minding Your Mental Health / 6-7.45pm / Exhibition Centre, Crescent Library

Carlow MHA / Holistic night / 7-9.30pm / Teach Brid, Tullow

Navan MHA / Open Evening / 7-9pm / Navan MHA Social Club, Leighsbrook Lane

Celbridge MHA / Mindfulness for Building Resilience & Stress Management / 7.00pm / Celbridge Library

Tipp Sth MHA / ‘Little Gem’ production (€10) / 8pm / O’Keeffe’s

Longford MHA / Music Extravaganza with “Bright Lights” €10 / 8pm / Longford Arms Hotel

Limerick MHA / Mind, Fitness & Stress Management Dr Andrew Hodgers / 8-10pm / Absolute Hotel, Sir Harry’s Mall

Mayo MHA / Conor Cusack – ‘My journey with depression’ / 6pm / St Mary’s Hall, GMIT

 

Friday 10th October

Mayo MHA / Distribution of mental health information / All day / Super Valu, Castlebar

Tipp MHA / ‘Living Well with Dimentia’ Conference / 9.30 – 4pm / Hotel Minella, Clonmel

Tallaght MHA / Talk on writing & storytelling for your wellbeing / 10-11am / South Co Dublin Library, Tallaght

Waterdord MHA / Coffee Morning / 10-12noon / Brook House, Cork Rd, Waterford

Tullamore MHA / Introduction to WRAP / 10 – 12.30pm / Tullamore Library

Tipp Sth MHA / Mental Health Awareness talks & Workshops / 10 – 3pm / Cuan Croi MH Day Centre, Tipp

Mayo MHA / GMIT Information Day / 11-3pm / GMIT Castlebar

Arklow Youth MHA / Big Sing Finale – ticketed event / 12-2.30pm / Arklow Bay Hotel

Tipp Sth MHA / Pop Up Shop – Mental Health Info / 12-2pm / Outside SuperValu, Market Place, Clonmel

Fingal MHA / Coffee & wellness afternoon – open event / Donabate Parish Hall

Dun Laoghaire MHA / Bingo Night – restricted event

Tipp Sth MHA / The Art of Maintaining Mental Health / 2-5pm / Sth Tipp art Centre

Galway MHA / Information stands / 11-3pm / University Hospital Galway

Galway MHA / Choral Recital / 8pm / St Nicholas Collegiate Church

Carlow MHA / Minding Yourself / 10.30am / Family Resources Centre, Bagnalstown

Waterford MHA / Living with Schizophrenia / 10-1pm / Brook House, Cork Rd, Waterford

Waterford MHA / Information Stand & Waterford Voice male Choir / All Day / City Square

Carlow MHA / ‘Men’s Health’ Lorcan Brennan / 1pm / Shaw Room, Carlow Town Library

Carlow MHA / ‘Radical Forgiveness’ Rose Tobin / 2.30pm / Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow

Carlow MHA / Youth Mental Health Mile / 4.20-5.30pm / Eire Og, Carlow

Carlow MHA / Shiny Happy Music / 7-9.30pm / The Vault, Burrin St, Carlow

Limerick MHA / Support around pregnancy & childbirth, Nurture / 11-12.30 / St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, Denmark St

Limerick MHA / Gala Concert in aid of Limerick MHA (€20) / 8pm – late / Southcourt Hotel, Raheen

Saturday 11th October

Kilkenny MHA / ICA Conference – CEO, MHI, Orla Barry presenting / 10-1pm / Hotel Kilkenny

Mayo MHA / Social Care and Mental Health Seminar / GMIT Castlebar

Carlow MHA / Walk for your mental health / 10am  / Lord Bagenal, Leighlinbridge

Carlow MHA / ‘Stories of Recovery’ Dil Wickermasinghe / 2-3.30pm / Visual, Old Dublin St, Carlow

Tipp Sth MHA / Gala Fashion Show / 3-4pm / Clonmel Showgrounds Shopping Centre

Carlow MHA / Plant a tree for OCD / 3pm / Carlow Town Park

Carlow MHA / Newstalk FM outside broadcast / 6.30-10pm / Woodford Dolmen Hotel

Mental Health Ireland celebrates World Mental Health Day

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. 

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  


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Mental Health Ireland Annual Conference 2014 - A great success

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.

 

MHI Green Ribbon Talk and Walk in Curragh Chase Forest - Limerick

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Mental Health Ireland National Photography Project Winners

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

National Winner - Tara Corcoran, 16yrs,Dublin

Mental Health Ireland National Art Project Winners

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.

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How to bounce back with an emotional suit of armour

Linda Thorpe Development Officer with Mental Health Ireland talks to Kathy Donaghy in The Independent about emotional resilience. Seet the article here

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Social Media Ambassadors Wanted

2015 is a very exciting year for us at Mental Health Ireland as we are rolling out two new campaigns and we are hoping YOU might be able to assist us spread our message far and wide. 

Ambassador

We are looking for people to act as Social Media Ambassadors for Mental Health Ireland. What does this involve? We thought you'd ask that!

In a nutshell, we want you to help us spread our campaign messages via your social media platforms. We will send you suggested tweets and posts that you can use or you can simply RT and share what we post or even better post in your own style!

Next step is to register your interest by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your handles for any of the sites listed below...

1.Twitter

2.Facebook

3.Instagram

Our first campaign is just around the corner on Tuesday 17th February and we will need you help to spread the word about our #SmileyPancake campaign - (note big hint in the hashtag!) - more will be revealed on this as soon as I get the above info from you! 

The 21st June is the summer solstice and our very first Mental Health Ireland Day. We are in the planning stages for this at the moment but will need people to help out at locations all over Ireland at local events and also on social media to push our message.

That’s all for the moment. I look forward to hearing back from you soon… we only have two weeks to pancake Tuesday and I’d love to have a big group of Social Media Ambassadors signed up before that!

You will find Mental Health Ireland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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Mensana Newsletter goes digital

Mensana News is Mental Health Ireland's newsletter. In the past we had two publications a year. We have now moved to a digital format which will be emailed to those subscribed four times a year. The newsletter will let everyone know what we are up to in head office and a snapshot of activities from around the counrty from our 98 Mental Health Associations.

Our first newsletter will be issued in the coming weeks and you can sign up here to join our mailing list here

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2015 Calendar - On Sale Now!

2015 calendar

Our 2015 Calendar is hot off the presses and we have 350 for sale. The total price including postage is €4 for this lovely calendar. This year we have created more room for you to insert the important occasions you have throughout the year and we have also highlighted the important dates we have coming up in 2015.

If you would like to buy the calendar please visit this link which willl bring you to our online shop. 

If you would prefer to send a cheque to our head office please send it to the following address, remembering to include your return address, name and a contact number please.

2015 Calendar

Mental Health Ireland,

Mensana House,

2 Marine Tce,

Dun Laoghaire,

Co Dublin.

We only have 350 of these colourful calendars for sale and as the saying goes, when they're gone, they're gone! Many thanks for supporting Mental Health Ireland in our promotion of positive mental health across the country.

Post Primary Art & Photography Competition 2014-15

Mental Health Ireland are delighted to announce our annual Post Primary Photography and Art Competitions are open for entries!

The theme for this year is ‘Mental Health Begins with Me’.

We would encourage all teachers to get involved this exciting project with their students and to encourage them to explore what positive mental health means to them. The guidelines and entry form are attached below.

The overall winner in each category will receive €250 and each provincial winner will receive €50. We wish all teachers and students the best of luck and hope you enjoy exploring what positive mental health means to you.

Click on the links below for entry forms and guidelines:

Art Competition application form 2014

Photography Competition application form 2014

Good Luck!

2014 Art Winner - Avril Sinnott

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2014 Photography Winner - Tara Corcoran Molloy

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