Positive Mental Health Week in
Leitrim

To celebrate World Mental Health Week 2013, a new website developed by the HSE Mental Health Services promoting positive mental health in Counties Sligo and Leitrim has been launched.

To celebrate World Mental Health Week 2013, a new website developed by the HSE Mental Health Services promoting positive mental health in Counties Sligo and Leitrim has been launched.

A visit to www.alive2thrive.ie will provide you with tips for positive mental health, information on events and activities happening in the local area as well as local training opportunities, information on services in Leitrim and lots more.

A growing number of people struggling with anxiety and mild depression who do not require a clinical intervention can benefit from a range of community based supports which can help alleviate their distress and strengthen their mental health. Unemployment, isolation and loneliness can all cause stress, anxiety and depression but social support, self-help information and getting active can all work towards helping us feel better and cope better with our life situation.

A pilot project has recently started in Sligo and Leitrim, whereby GPs will identify patients who may benefit from some form of social prescription, such as joining a creative arts group or a men’s shed or availing of recommended self-help books available in the local libraries. A social prescribing co-ordinator is available locally, for more info call Emma on 071 9135011.

ASIST is a two day training course developed for both members of the public and professionals in contact with people who may be vulnerable or at risk of suicide. Upcoming training date: November 6 & 7 in Manorhamilton.

Understanding how stress can impact on our lives and what we can do about it is key to strengthening our resilience and ability to cope. Stress Control is a free 6 session course which aims to help you manage stress in your life.

The course will be in Leitrim Development Company building, Drumshanbo on Tuesday, November 5 from 1-2.30pm and every consecutive Tuesday with another one planned for Blacklion, Co Cavan dates to be confirmed. Mental Health Ireland i are launching a new project to help raise awareness about the importance of looking after our mental health. Large information boards outlining tips for good mental health have been developed and will be displayed around the county. More info on 086 8539010.