Mental health is about more than being free of mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. It is also about having a positive sense of wellbeing. Positive mental health allows us to enjoy life’s pleasures, believe in our own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work/study productively and enjoy socialising.
Wellbeing may be compromised when negative and painful emotions are extreme or very long-lasting and interfere with the person’s ability to function in daily life. For some people it may be difficult to talk about mental health, but it can help to talk about how you are feeling. People you can talk to might include friends, family, a counsellor or your GP.
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Good relationships are hugely important for your mental health. It can take courage to meet new people but it can make a big difference to how you feel. You may need to think about whether you want to meet new people with similar interests or just give something back to your community or society.
Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and also generate postive feelings from helping others. If you decide that you would like to get involved in volunteering but you are not sure exactly what you would like to do, then a good place to start is Volunteer Ireland. They can help you find what kind of volunteering suits you.
Find your local volunteering centre here.
The HSE website has an extensive guide and resources on mental health issues.
Mental Health Ireland promotes mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities, supporting people who experience mental health difficulties. Watch the video below or click here to see more information on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
See below links to helplines and further information on mental health:
- Pieta House - helps people in suicidal distress or those engaging in self-harm. Freecall the helpline on 1800 247 247. Or if you can simply text HELP to 51444. Or contact Pieta House at the following centres for the prevention of self-harm and suicide. Pieta House also provides free individual counselling, therapy and support who have been bereaved by suicide.
- Samaritans - is a service that can be used either if your situation feels more urgent, or if you feel like all you need is a good chat. You can ring their helpline whether or not you have mental health issues, if you're worried about a friend, and even if you're under 18. There are different phone numbers for the different Samaritans branches. You can find your nearest Samaritans branch here.
- Aware - have a support line for anyone who is worried about depression, which operates from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week, as well as a support mail service. Depression Helpline 1890 303 302.
- Reach Out - is an Irish website full of blogs, videos and an Ask The Expert service that is encouraging young people to learn more about their mental wellbeing and empower them to take steps towards good mental health.
- Spun Out - is a youth information website dedicated to making sure that 16 to 25 year olds in Ireland - one of the most at-risk demographics - are empowered with the information they need to live active, happy, and healthy lives.
- A Lust For Life - is collection of insightful articles that might help you better understand the problems that you are facing, and help you realise that you are living in a world full of people who can relate to what you are going through.
- EmployAbility Service - The nationwide EmployAbility Service provides an employment support service for people with a health condition, injury, illness or disability and a recruitment advice service for the business community.
- Talk To Tom - are a community based suicide prevention, mental health awareness and bereavement support charity.
Please be advised that we do not take any responsibility for the content of the websites or documents referenced on this page, or information that you may receive from them. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP.