World Mental Health Day was celebrated around the globe on the 10th of October. Our 92 Mental Health Associations hosted wellbeing events for Mental Health Week from the 9th to the 15th of October in communities all over Ireland, many of then using The Five Ways to Wellbeing theme. These events were open to everyone and were very well attended by the communities they took place in.
We held our first 5,000 Steps to Wellbeing Walk on the 9th October. The walk incorporate the Five Ways to Wellbeing by concentrating on each of the five ways – Keep Learning, Take Notice, Be Active, Connect and Give – for each 1,000 steps. The Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economic Foundation conducted a review of the most up to date evidence suggesting that building the five actions into our daily lives is important for building wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
We had a great turnout for the event with over 75 people in attendance ranging from six month to over 60! It was a lovely autumnal day and we seemed to get the only rain free day in the week for it!
We raised €1076 and want to thank each and every person that donated and took part in the walk. The donated funds will be used to support our projects in schools, communities and our information service. We are planning next years walk already for October 14th 2017 and hope to have it in two new locations so keep an eye on our website for updates!
- Keep Learning – Setting yourself a new challenge and learning new skills will make you more confident as well as being great fun.
- Take Notice – Be aware of the world around you and how you are feeling and thinking.
- Be Active – Any form of physical activity can help maintain wellbeing and good mental health.
- Connect – By staying connected and nurturing these relationships we feel happier and more secure, giving a better sense of purpose.
- Give – Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and create connectedness with the people around you.