10 Oct 2018

World Mental Health Day

Today (Wednesday 10th October) is World Mental Health Day. As well as promoting general aims such as mental health advocacy and educating the public each World Mental Health Day also has a specific theme, this year’s theme is Young People and Mental Health.

This year’s theme hopes to raise awareness and understanding around the pressures of constant connectivity and aims to prevent mental illness in young people by introducing preventative measures such as building mental resilience from a young age.

Resilience helps us recover quickly from day to day difficulties and as well as help cope with challenging circumstances and rebound from adversity. Resilience is learnt over time and is an ongoing process.

Our charity partner Aware have some tips for building resilience including:

  • Maintain a positive and hopeful outlook. Try to visualise what you want and expect that good things will happen in your life, rather than worrying about what you fear.
  • Stay connected and maintain good relationships with close family and friends. Ask for, and accept help from support networks when you need it.
  • Look at how you interpret and respond to stressful events. Try to become more aware of your mood and identify techniques that will calm and soothe you in stressful situations.
  • Nurture a positive view of yourself. Recognise your strengths, trust your instincts and try to develop confidence in your ability to solve problems. Remind yourself of those times you have successfully worked through problems and stressful situations in the past.
  • Try to accept the things you cannot change, this will help you to focus on the things that you can change and work towards changing.
  • Take the time to consider a problem and try to work through it as best as you can. Try to take decisive actions. Develop realistic and achievable goals and take steps to move towards them.
  • Try to keep a long-term perspective, consider the stressful event in a broader context and look beyond the present to how future circumstances may be a little better.

For more tips and information on Aware support, education and information services, please visit aware.ie.

As part of World Mental Health Day, all our stores will be collecting funds for our charity partner, Aware. All money raised will go directly to Aware and will help support the Aware Relatives & Friends Programme.

The free programme, six hours over the course of four weeks, aims to provide helpful information about depression and bipolar disorder, provide practical advice and address the challenges faced each day when supporting a loved one experiencing depression or bipolar disorder.

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