Each year on October 10th, the World Health Organisation (WHO) leads World Mental Health Day to encourage governments and other stakeholders to improve mental health and wellbeing for everyone. World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements we have made in reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.
It is also a day to focus attention on those areas where we still face difficulties – such as low awareness, limited recognition and acceptance of mental health as a public health issue and for those experiencing difficult times.
Wellbeing is vital to the social and economic wellbeing of people in Ireland. Good mental health makes a direct contribution to everyone’s quality of life, work performance, family relationships and engagement. However, for some people who are affected by low mood or anxiety, there are significant impacts on their ability to function effectively in everyday life.
Evidence to date shows that the combined effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and social restrictions is that approximately one in five people in the general population in Ireland (and elsewhere) has significantly increased psychological distress (e.g. anxiety, depression).
It is important to seek support if needed and to prioritise nurturing your wellbeing. We would encourage everyone to take some time for themselves, or with their loved ones, to focus on positivity, wellbeing and to reconnect.
- General Support – Samaritans text 50808
- Depression/ Low mood/ Bipolar mood – Aware Support line or support groups, 1800 804848
- Suicidal Thoughts & Self Harm – Pieta House support line 1800 247247 or text HELP to 51444
- Anxiety – Mental Health Ireland 01 2841166