MAKING CHANGES DURING WORLD MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

Sep 26, 2023 | Nationwide News

World Mental Health Month takes place this October with World Mental Health Day on 10 October, and Irish charity Mental Health Ireland is leading an interactive campaign to protect and improve mental health in communities, schools and workplaces around the country.   

World Mental Health Month takes place in October – with 10 October marking World Mental Health Day, to provide the opportunity of raising awareness about global mental health issues and creating the opportunity for people to call for action and advocate for change in mental health. Every conversation has the power to create a ripple to make positive change for mental health in Ireland.

Every year the World Federation for Mental Health sets a theme for World Mental Health Day and the 2023 theme is ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’.  The theme highlights that all people have the right to the highest standards of mental health and is an opportunity to have courageous conversations and connect with others. It’s also a chance to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling.

Mental Health Ireland is bringing this global campaign to Irish communities with a programme of events and workshops across the country as well as free digital resources and toolkits, and its CEO Martin Rogan said, ‘’Each October during World Mental Health Month, we want to celebrate communities across Ireland – how Irish people support one another, and all the small things we do every day to look after our own and each other’s mental health. We also want to highlight the need for continuous investment to improve mental health awareness, services and access to support nationally.

“We know that mental health is a universal human right and that every person living in Ireland and across the world has the right to good mental health so that people and communities can thrive. However, some people face more barriers than others to good mental health and it’s important to work together to knock down these barriers. Every community in Ireland has the power to make positive change and every small conversation with friends, family and colleagues can have a ripple effect on important decisions being made about mental health.”

To get involved and support mental health this October, visit www.worldmentalhealthmonth-mhi.ie  

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