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World Mental Health Day 10-10-19

World Mental Health Day 10-10-19

Published on Wednesday, 09 October 2019

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Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day which is a day the entire globe is invited into a conversation of mental health awareness, education and to advocate against the stigma that surrounds it. It mobilizes people from every country to reach out to a loved one who is struggling. A day to take part in a social media campaign breaking through the online traffic to let people know it is ok not to be ok, to talk about it and seek help. It is a day for services to promote what they provide and to who they are available too so that more people can get support, and a day to persuade government to take action to promote positive mental health. 

This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) is suicide prevention

Dr. Alberto Trimboli President of WFMH says, “Getting people to talk about a subject that tends to be taboo and about which many hold mistaken and prejudiced ideas will help the community to learn about the risk factors so that they can identify and learn to address them. I reiterate: suicide is preventable and can, therefore, be avoided, which is why all of our efforts and public policies should focus on prevention.”

Days like World Mental Health Day provide a massive opportunity for us to start and engage in conversations with the people around us. By doing this we are breaking down the stigma that surrounds and prevents people from opening up about how they are feeling and getting support. It is a powerful thing to ask someone how they are doing and to actively listen to their response. It can make you aware of something they are going through and allow you to be a strength to them. You could change their life! Do they seem lonely? Could you arrange to meet them sometime this week? Are they struggling? Perhaps you could listen to their struggles and ensure them that it is ok to not be ok and that we all need a little help sometimes. By taking time to listen to a person you are showing that you value them, that they are worth so much and that you truly care for them – that is an extremely powerful thing!

Or maybe it is yourself that is feeling in low mood and would like some support – in that case, we would love to help you! Please look on our website on the ‘How we can help you’ section for information on our free-to-attend support groups, and our ‘Wellbeing Programmes’ section to apply to one of our educational courses. And if you do not feel ready for this then we would urge you to reach out to someone you trust, who cares for you and loves you and let them know how you are feeling. You are not alone, we all experience low mood at times. Do not despair, there is hope! Please remember that ‘It’s always good to talk’ and that there are people that want to help you – and AWARE is one of them!

What is available for me to attend with AWARE surrounding World Mental Health Day?

Support Groups (free-to-attend and all welcome):

9th of October –

  • · Bangor Support Group is meeting on the evening of Wednesday 9th October in the North Down Community Network, Castle Park from 7 – 8.30 pm Info here.

10th October (WMHD) –

  • · Newtownards - is re-opening in a new location on 10th October – it will be running fortnightly on a Thursday evenings from 7 – 8.30 pm in Londonderry Park. Info here.
  • · Belfast (North) - Info here.
  • · Belfast (West) - Info here.
  • · Lisburn - Info here.
  • · Newcastle - Info here

Living Life to the Full Courses:

LLTTF 6 week course starting on Monday 14th October at 11 am - 12.30 pm in AWARE's office 15 Queen Street, Derry - L/Derry. Free-to-attend! Apply here.

Mindfulness courses:

6 week course - £100

  • · Wednesday 23 October, 10 am – 12pm in AWARE (Derry office) to apply email sharon@aware-ni.org
  • · Monday 28 October, 10am – 12pm in AWARE (Belfast office) to apply email nigel@aware-ni.org

For more information on these courses please visit here.

Volunteer opportunities:

We are bag packing in local M&S stores in Omagh and Derry to raise funds for AWARE on the 10th (WMHD), 11th, and 12th of October. If you would like to get involved in this then please email margaret@aware-ni.org

We would also like to thank all of our participants at our Slieve Donard Trek on Saturday the 5th of October, who climbed our highest peak to raise funds for AWARE surrounding World Mental Health Day. The incredible challenge you took on and completed will go a long way in helping us to continue the work we do in Northern Ireland for those living with depression, anxiety and Bipolar.

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