Dr. Claire Hayes, Clinical Director of Aware officially launched the organisation’s new campaign ‘It’s Time to Talk … about mental health’ yesterday. Dr. Hayes is pictured with (l-r) Gillian Duffy, District Society Manager, Chartered Accountants Ireland; Garda Michael Garrett, Pearse Street Garda Station, and Glenn Ellis, Advanced Paramedic, Dublin Fire Brigade HQ.
The campaign aims to get people throughout Ireland talking about mental health this January 30th and 31st. Aware hopes that workplaces nationwide will get involved, as well as groups of friends and families, and host a tea party or coffee morning to talk about mental health and how to look after it, and to raise funds for Aware’s nationwide services. Anyone who wants to get involved can register online here: http://www.aware.ie/fundraising/its-time-to-talk-about-mental-health/ and choose topics for their event from a menu of common concerns, including what to do if concerned about a young person; coping with financial stress, and how to build resilience.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Dr. Hayes said that the campaign highlights the value of quality conversation about mental health: “It is important to talk to someone if we have a problem, even if it is difficult to do so. Many of us talk in circles though, making the problem seem worse. The Aware ‘It’s Time to Talk’ campaign invites people to acknowledge their feelings, become aware of thoughts as ‘helpful’ or ‘unhelpful’ and focus particularly on actions they can take to improve the quality of their lives. We have provided information on key topics of concern which affect many families or workplaces in Ireland and encourage everyone to take time to talk this January.”
Funds raised from this event will go directly to the provision of Aware’s nationwide services which include free Life Skills programmes based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); free Beat the Blues secondary schools awareness programme for senior-cycle students; support groups in 50 locations nationwide; loCall Helpline and email support service. Aware also offers new Wellness@Work training programmes for employees and managers, aimed at deepening awareness and understanding of mental health in the workplace. More information on all of Aware’s services is available on www.aware.ie
Pic: Shane O’Neill