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.