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Mental health affects everyone. According to Mental Health Ireland, one in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty in our lifetime, so even if you personally have not gone through a mental health issue, chances are, someone close to you has.
It’s an essential component in your overall wellbeing. Good mental health contributes to your functioning, realising your capabilities, achieving your goals, coping with the stresses of life and maintaining positive relationships in your life.
When to talk to someone about your mental health
Mental health disorders and issues come in all forms shapes and sizes and the same issue can often affect people in different ways. For that reason, if you are feeling down or concerned that your mental health is suffering, it’s essential to talk to someone; whether that’s someone close to you or a professional, to offer you the support, advice or help that you need.
Some common symptoms of mental health issues include:
- Feeling down or upset for long period of time
- Worrying excessively
- Having panic attacks
- Feeling unable to cope with stress
- Feeling detached or numb
- Extreme mood changes from high to low
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Major changes in eating habits
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in a persistent way that is impacting your everyday life, it’s strongly advised to make an appointment with your GP or seek advice from a professional.
If you (or someone you know) are having suicidal thoughts, call 112 or 999 or go to hospital immediately.
10 Great Mental Health Resources In Ireland
When it comes to getting help or being open about your mental health, not everyone feels comfortable talking to doctors or even loved ones about their feelings or issues.
If that’s the case, there are many organisations in Ireland that can offer you more information, advice or guidance.
Samaritans provide round the clock support for people in need; whether your situation is urgent or you just need someone to talk to. You can also contact them if you are worried about a friend and you don’t have to be over 18. Calls are confidential and you don’t have to give personal details if you don’t want to. Call 116 123 or visit Samaritans.org.
SpunOut.ie is an Irish youth information website, created by young people, for young people. It’s an excellent resource with articles on all aspects of mental health and wellbeing, giving advice and information on a range of topics.
20 Irish young people lead the organisation with 400 others from across the country offering support in terms of editing, creating and proofreading copy for the website. Visit SpunOut.ie.
Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation that aims to promote positive mental health to all people in Ireland. They have 92 Mental Health Associations throughout Ireland that fundraise and organise events and outings for people across the country struggling with mental illness. Their website acts as an excellent information resource for people who need help and advice and they also provide education and training on mental health for workplaces and communities. Visit Mentalhealthireland.ie.
Aware is a nationwide organisation that provides education, information and support for people dealing with depression or bipolar disorder in Ireland. They provide emotional and practical support through their helpline, which is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm. They also offer educational programmes, such as group education for adults, online courses, programmes for relatives and friends and school-based courses. Visit Aware.ie.
Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health that aims to offer vital support for the young people of Ireland, with 13 support centres across the county. As well as carrying out research and providing reports on youth mental health in Ireland, they have Youth Advisory Panels throughout the country made up of young people who volunteer to make a difference. They also provide education, training and workshops for young people, parents, teachers and health professionals. Visit Jigsaw.ie
GROW is a mental health organisation in Ireland, with 130 groups throughout the country. It helps people who have suffered or are suffering from mental health problems. You can call GROW or attend a meeting in your area where you can gain support and share experience with others in your community who have been through similar situations with regards to mental health. Call 1890 474 474 or visit Grow.ie.
Yourmentalhealth.ie is an online resource for people to learn about mental health in Ireland; how to support yourself and those you love and care for. It provides support in terms of online articles and advice pieces and can point you in the direction of local services. Visit Yourmentalhealth.ie.
Shine aims to empower people with mental health issues and their families by offering support, information and education. They also advocate for social change by defending the right of all those with mental health issues to equal rights and access to quality services. They provide a range of recover-focused support services, such as counselling and support groups. Visit Shine.ie.
Pieta House is a non-profit organisation which provides treatment for those experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harm. They also operate the Suicide Bereavement Counselling centres to provide free counselling, therapy and support to those who have been affected by suicide. You can call 1800 247 247 or visit http://pieta.ie/.
A Lust For Life
A Lust For Life is an award-winning Irish wellbeing movement created to transform how we talk about and treat mental health. It was founded in October 2015 and famously co-founded by Bressie. They lead powerful national campaigns on mental health and drive social change. The website is also an excellent resource with a range of great articles and personal stories about mental health to help change the conversation around the topic. Visit Alustforlife.com.
We hope you found this useful and if there are any other Irish organisations that you think we should add to the list, let us know using the hashtag #MyIrishLife on social media. Alternatively, you can leave a comment below.
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