What we are doing for World Mental Health Day…

October 02nd 2015

We believe that all young people in Ireland seeking support for their mental health should be treated with dignity. Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Under the theme of ‘Dignity in mental health’, mental health organisations around the world will be raising awareness of how we can all make a difference in how we talk about and look after our mental health. At Headstrong, we are planning a number of activities and events in the build-up to World Mental Health Day: Throughout the week, we will be sharing on our blog young people’s views on what being treated with dignity means to them. If you wish to contribute, feel free to drop us an email. Over the last few weeks, young people from our Youth Advisory Panel have been out and about speaking with parents, teachers, and students across Ireland. They’ve been asking why people find it hard to talk about mental health, and what little things they do to help support their own mental health. We’ve gathered together the answers people gave in a short video. From Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th October, Aoife Price and Amelia Marley, young people from our Youth Advisory Panel, will be attending the International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference. There they will be presenting to mental health organisations from around the world about how Headstrong created its Jigsaw service. They will be sharing their experiences at the event through our Twitter, @HeadstrongYMH. [caption id="attachment_5628" align="alignright" width="300"] Alan Bradley in Man Down[/caption] On World Mental Health Day itself, Saturday 10th October, Headstrong are excited to be partnering with the Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival. The festival, which runs in venues across Dublin from Thursday 8th October until Sunday 11th October, will include the first Irish showing of the short film, Man Down which encourages young men to find the time to talk. Writers and leads, young actors Alan Bradley and Francis Quigley, consulted closely with Headstrong in the development of the film, to help ensure mental health was depicted with care. Man Down will be shown at Dublin Cineworld on Saturday 10th October and at The Sugar Club as part of the festival award ceremony on Sunday 11th October. Tickets are €5, available on the door. Proceeds from the first day of the festival will be donated to Headstrong.

What's happening in your local communities...

Around Ireland, our Jigsaw services also have a number of things planned for their local communities, including: On Monday 5th October, our Jigsaw services in Tallaght and Clondalkin have partnered with the Tallaght Choral Society to promote the benefits of singing on mental health. You can join in with an open rehearsal at The Priory in Tallaght Village from 7.45pm. If you’d like to attend this event, email info@tallaghtchoralsociety.net From Monday 5th to Friday 9th October, our Jigsaw service in Dublin 15 is encouraging people to do one simple activity a day based on Headstrong’s five-a-day for keeping mind and body happy. They've produced a poster with the local Mental Health Network for use in schools. On Thursday 8th October, our Jigsaw services in Tallaght and Clondalkin will be part of Let’s Go Mental. From 10.30am until 3.30pm, the event at Tallaght Stadium will see over 250 young people get involved in a number of activities promoting how to look after your mental health. There will be music, sport and arts based activities. For more information, or if you’re a teacher and would like to bring your students, email ncarton@sdublincococ.ie On Saturday 10th October, World Mental Health Day itself, our Jigsaw service in Galway is the official charity partner for the NUI Galway 8k run or walk. From 10 am, runners and walkers will set off on a route that takes them around the University campus and along the banks of the river Corrib. Register for the event on the Run Ireland website. Our Jigsaw in Meath, through the young people on their Youth Advisory Panel, are working closely with local schools to help young people look after their mental health. Also, on Sunday they will be holding a Hypnogroove event. Hypnogroove will take place from 10AM to 11.30AM at Navan O'Mahony's GAA club, Brews Hill, Navan. You'll get the physical movement your body needs, then the stillness your mind needs. There is a suggested donation of €5. Please bring a mat if you have one and comfortable clothes. Refreshments will be provided after the class at the Jigsaw Meath across the road at 25 Brews Hill.

How you can help...

You can find out more about what we're doing for World Mental Health Day, and the ways in which you can help by visiting headstrong.ie/dignity