World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day 2018

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness, improve mental health education and reduce the stigma associated with ill mental health. Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year so it’s important to be mindful that any of our friends, family or work colleagues could be suffering from ill mental health and may need a little bit of help.

Mental illness can have serious implications not only on someone’s personal life but also their working life. We want to encourage people to talk about mental health as they would physical health, reducing the stigma attached.

A major problem exists in that many people are not informed of how to recognise mental health conditions or know how to provide support to someone experiencing ill mental health or distress.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Our Public Health Agency approved Mental Health First Aid course is designed to increase the knowledge and confidence of participants to provide first aid and support to those experiencing mental health problems at work or at home. You never know when you may need to help someone in a crisis!

Our 2-day Mental Health First Aid course is intended for a variety of audiences. It is relevant to management and staff of all levels and disciplines and is particularly relevant for:

  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Health & Safety Personnel
  • Primary Healthcare Staff
  • Any individual wishing to increase their knowledge of mental illness
  • Police and Prison Staff
  • School and College Personnel
  • Community Groups
  • Religious Groups

Our upcoming dates are below- don’t forget this course can also be arranged as an ‘in-company’ course, at a time that suits your organisation. This can be provided either at your work premises or at one of our training centres in both Belfast & Newry.

Health Matters, Belfast:

5th & 12th December 2018

Health Matters, Newry:

6th & 13th December 2018

Click here to read more about this course

Other helpful resources

Time to Change is a mental health awareness organisation that has been set up to change the way we think and act about mental health problems. This World Mental Health Day they are encouraging us to ‘Ask Twice’ and to check in and take the time to find out what’s really going on.

You and your workplace can help raise awareness and get involved in the ‘Ask Twice’ campaign. There are a number of useful resources available including posters, email signatures, screensavers, and videos that can be promoted around your workplace to encourage everyone to take a moment and reach out to your colleagues. Click here to read more. You could also encourage your employees to assess how they feel by taking the ‘How Are You? Quiz’
For a full list of organisations that offer services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing please click here.