What is Mental Health?
There can be many different understandings of mental health and it can mean different things to different people. Mental health is something we all have and it's an essential part of each of us.
The World Health Organisation states "There is no health without mental health"
Minding our mental health
Our level of mental health can change as we go through life, and even on a daily basis. There are things we can do to look after our mental health. Making sure we get enough sleep and enough exercise, making sure we eat healthily and to take time out to relax and do the things we enjoy.
One of the most important things we can do is to talk to someone. This can be a trusted friend or family member if there’s something bothering us. Talking about how we feel and sharing our thoughts and worries can help us to feel better and can help us to come up with ways of coping with our feelings and emotions.
Supports & Services available:
Yourmentalhealth.ie have a number of supports that employers could find helpful in the workplace, see #LittleThings campaign
GENIO have released a report Disability and Mental Health in Ireland - Searching out Good Practice
Mental health first aid Ireland have a range of tools and supports to equip people to approach, assess and assist someone through the giving of support, information, empathetically listening and encouraging.
There campaign believes people can be trained in mental health first aid and grow in knowledge and confidence to be better able to support those experiencing mental health problems. By learning such skills we can reduce stigma, empower people to take action to promote mental health and promote better understanding of the equal importance of mental and physical health.
Aware have a number of supports for employers which include their Wellness@Work program