World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on 10th October.
The Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilise efforts in support of positive mental health.
The theme for World Mental Health Day 2018 was 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World'.
Change can be an energising and positive force in our lives. It can also be disconcerting for young people who are experiencing a great deal of change all at once. Cyber-bullying, an over-reliance on social media, insecure employment prospects, exam stress, a focus on body image, eating disorders, and alcohol/substance misuse are some of the issues making growing up in this rapidly changing world, so challenging.
Here are some ideas for parents, carers, coaches, youth workers or anyone interested in some advice on helping support the young people in your life.
Our ASK LISTEN TALK advice note offers more tips on how to start conversations about mental health.
The Minding Your Head, Public Health Agency and Royal College of Psychiatrists websites have lots of information on mental health and services available across Northern Ireland and the yourmentalhealth and Health Promotion websites provide similar information for those in the Republic of Ireland.
To find out more about World Mental Health Day click here.
We hope to encourage people to start a conversation around mental health. Below are some documents you can use including a poster and computer screensaver.
Stay tuned for information about World Mental Health Day 2019.