Mental Health Week 2015 ran nationally and internationally from the 5th – 11th of October with World Mental Health Day taking place on the 10th October.
Mental Health Associations, private groups and individuals hosted a range of activities in communities all over Ireland during this time ranging from things like ‘laughter yoga’ and sound meditation to ecotherapy walks and ‘Stop Worrying’ workshops.
Although there have been positive developments in service provision in many countries, many people with these types of health difficulties can still face great difficulty in accessing the service they require.
Another key issue surrounding mental health which very sadly still remains is stigma, which can then lead to isolation.
Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. (WHO, 2007)
Mental Health is about :
•How we feel about ourselves
•How we feel about others
•How we are able to meet the demands of life.
Each and everyone of us has a role to play in mental health promotion because in one way or another it is relevant to all of us and mental well-being are basically issues of everyday life.
We will be continuing this theme during the Midlands Science Festival are delighted that Operation Transformation’s clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy will be speaking in schools and at public events for this year’s Midlands Science Festival.
Check events page for more details..