Mental Health Awareness Week16/05/2016
Everyone has mental health needs, whether or not they have a diagnosis of mental illness.
The theme for this year's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is relationships. Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, yet we can often forget just how crucial our connections with other people are for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. This year's theme relates to one of the five steps to wellbeing produced by the Public Health Agency.
The Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing are:
Connect with the people around you: family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and spend time developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run, cycle, play a game, garden or dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity that you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Stop, pause, or take a moment to look around you. What can you see, feel, smell or even taste? Look for beautiful, new, unusual or extraordinary things in your everyday life and think about how that makes you feel.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility, fix a bike, learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.
Do something nice for a friend or stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time or consider joining a community group. Look out as well as in. Seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
More information on looking after your mental health and the support which is available across Northern Ireland can be found at www.mindingyourhead.info
WRDA provides a number of health training programmes funded through the Public Health Agency across Northern Ireland. “Minding Me” is a six session Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Programme which looks at: what is mental health, what is mental illness, self-esteem, influencing mental health, stress and stressors, and coping strategies.
WRDA programmes are delivered by experienced trainers, qualified to Level 3 in Training and Development through WRDA’s Community Facilitators Training Programme. If you are in contact or associated with a local community or women’s group in the Northern Trust area that would benefit from this training, feel free to get in touch with Katherine Robertson by calling 028 9023 0212 or by emailing Katherine.Robertson@wrda.net for further details.