This year’s World Mental Health Dayfalls on Wednesday, October 10th.

This event will be marked by Mental Health Week which will involve a number of initiatives happening across the country around this date in October. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. 

The events that run throughout the week promote building resilience and positive well-being by SIGNING UP, LINKING IN and GETTING INVOLVED.  Mental Health Week is about attending FREE events and enjoying a night out that does not have to involve spending money or alcohol! 

Starting a new chapter of your life may make you feel down, anxious or lonely.  If you are feeling like this, it is better to talk to someone, as preventing a problem occurring is better than cure. It is important that we take care of our mental health just as we do our physical health. 

Just as we go for a jog or to the gym to promote our physical well-being, we should take time out of our busy schedules in college, to sit for a coffee with a friend and tell them what’s bothering us or drop into the college counsellor and talk about how overwhelming the college experience can be!  It is very important that you find someone you are comfortable talking to whether it is a friend, counsellor, chaplain, student union advisor or lecturer!  

You can build resilience and promote your psychological wellness by joining a club, society or volunteering with a college or community charity.  Remember, in the spirit of mental health week, LINK IN, RECONNECT, GET INVOLVED and make an effort to SIGN UP toa club or society to make NEW FRIENDS!

If you are in Limerick check out:

5.00pm - 6.00pm: Mon 8th Oct, Introduction to Laughter Yoga, by Angie Lindenau, Southill Community Centre.

7.45pm - 9.45pm: Tue 9th Oct ‘Managing your life by managing your mind’ by Dr. Fergus Heffernan PhD. Psychologist & Psychotherapist, Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road.

If you are in Dublin check out:

6-14th October 2012: National Choral Singing Week

The 5th annual National Choral Singing Week will take place from 6th to 14th October 2012.Choral events will be organised all over the country by choirs, schools and other groups to mark World Mental Health Week and to highlight the fact that choral singing is good for your mental health!

You can also find all the choral events for National Choral Singing Week on the Association of Irish Choirs' website.

For any queries please contact us at 01-284 11 66 or by email at info@mentalhealthireland.ieThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you are in Galway check out:

Thursday 4th October

Mental Health reform petitions campaign

1pm - 2pm Superstar challenge in Kingfisher

4pm - 6pm FREE Astro turf pitch (cages) in Corrib village

6pm - 7pm D'MESS with Shane Mullins in the Kirwan Theatre. "D'Mess is a system I developed and used as a coping mechanism and still use to this day. It all came about in October 2005 when I had a drink driving accident and got an Acquired Brain Injury or A.B.I. At my worst I was in a coma for 4 days, was down to 7 stone, lost the power on my right side and couldn't eat solids for 3 months. Parents told I wasn't going to make it by doctors. Now I want to share my experiences, good and bad, with others and help them to overcome their problems like I did, using the system I used."

All week stands in Áras na Mac Léinn and Áras Moyola.