World Mental Health Day
Aware is highlighting the importance of fostering resilience this #WorldMentalHealthDay on Wednesday 10 October 2018 with the launch of The Resilience Series with best selling author Marian Keyes, Senator David Norris, Aslan frontman Christy Dignam & former rugby pro Alan Quinlan.
No matter our background, we all have our own stories and experiences. Our personal journeys shape how we view the world, manage our mental health and develop resilience.
Dr Andrea Higgins, Clinical Director at Aware commented: “Resilience, in psychological terms, refers to an individual’s ability to manage life’s challenges and overcome adversity. When faced with different challenges, our level of resilience may surprise us, as evidenced in Aware’s Resilience Series. This series seeks to explore the experiences of a number of individuals who have encountered challenges and moved beyond them to develop a greater understanding of what supports their mental health and resilience. At Aware, we want to encourage everyone to proactively look after their mental health, so they can meet the challenges that may lie ahead.”
Aware offers a Life Skills Group Programme which is designed to empower adults with the skills and tools to build their resilience and deal with the challenges of everyday life. Based on the principles of CBT, the programme helps adults to learn more about how we think and how this can influence our actions in helpful or unhelpful ways. Free to attend, the evening programme will be available at locations nationwide again this November. Registration is now open here >>
The global theme for World Mental Health Week 2018 is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’, with the aim of highlighting the challenges faced by young people today and what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient. Aware also offers a free positive mental health programme for young people – Life Skills for Schools. The psycho-educational programme is designed to promote positive mental health, resilience and wellbeing in young people, teaching ‘coping’ skills to deal with life’s challenges.
Aware Lecture Series
The October lecture takes place on Wednesday 10th October at Lecture Theatre, Swift Centre, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin 8 at the earlier time of 6.45pm. The topic is “Depression and Mindfulness – Evidence for the Efficacy of Mindfulness and Meditation”, delivered by Dr Ursula Bates and followed by a panel discussion to include Prof. Jim Lucey. Find out more >>
Corporate Partner activities for World Mental Health Day:
- Eirebus Group will announce their ‘Start the Journey to Positive Mental Health’ campaign with the inaugural trip of the Aware branded Swords Express #ExpressYourself www.swordsexpress.com www.eirebus.ie
- Brown Thomas will encourage men to look after their mental wellbeing, in addition to raising vital funds for the organisation’s nationwide services with their Aware Happy Socks gift box, available to purchase in store and online. Priced at €30, all proceeds will be donated to Aware. www.brownthomas.com
- IDI Mind Over Matter will host a national day of creativity to highlight mental health in the Irish design community. For 75e an established business, start up or entrepreneur can book a one-hour consultation with a designer at various locations across Ireland. 100% of funds raised will go to Aware. www.idimindovermatter.ie
- Hickey’s Pharmacy teams will fundraise in store to mark World Mental Health Day, also raising awareness of Aware’s range of services available to communities nationwide. www.hickeyspharmacies.ie
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