Check out Pat McCormack's poetry book launch titled "Escape To Within".
Pat McCormack is a local businessman and has a long track record in fundraising for charity.
In recent years he has partnered with the Mayo Mental Health Association to help promote positive mental health, wellbeing, and awareness in society.
Pat has written a book of poems titled Escape to Within. His poems convey messages of love, truth and hope while acknowledging the challenges that life presents to us all. He wants to show people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and negativity that there are positive ways to help deal with these issues.
Book price: €12.50 including postage, €14.50 international.
To donate, you can go to the GoFundMe page that Pat has set up.
All proceeds go to the Mayo Mental Health Association for the Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme for students.
What is Mind Out?
Developed in 2013 by Niall Dunne Manager Mayo Mental Health Association. We are currently involved with 27 Secondary Schools in Mayo.
The programme Breathe is facilitated within schools as part of their Health and Wellbeing Weeks. It is a 1.5hr workshop which can be delivered for students in 2nd Year – 6th Year.
What does it cover?
The programme is also facilitated as part of the larger Health Promotion area of work in that we also deliver it to various community groups, organisations and sporting bodies.
Mayo Schools lead the way in implementing a
Mayo schools are to implement a mental health and wellbeing programme in the classroom over the next three years with the support of local organisations.
The rollout of the MindOut programme in Mayo is a joint project by charities Mental Health Ireland, Mayo Mental Health Association and Mindspace Mayo in partnership with the HSE and the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG).
MindOut has been developed by HSE Health and Wellbeing and the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUIG, and has been shown to improve young people's overall mental health and wellbeing.
Bealach Nua The New Way
Bealach Nua which in Irish means New Way, is the suitably titled name of an innovative service which has been in operation since 2015, having assisted over 400 people it is currently co managed by Mental Health Ireland and the Mayo Mental Health Service. The idea was developed after Dr. Grainne Fadden held a Trialog workshop where family members discussed and reinforced the need for a family focused service putting the needs of the whole family first. It is seen as an alternative vision more aligned with empowering recovery, based around having a common lived experience. It is aptly titled with the intention of signifying a change in how we view Recovery in Mental Health, by doing it a new way.
Mental Health for All -
Below is an article produced by Dr Ingrid Daniels who is the current president for the World Federation for Mental Health.
World Mental Health Day, a programme of the World Federation for Mental Health, was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992.
The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to COVID-19 that has also impacted on the mental health of millions of people. We know that the levels of anxiety, fear, isolation, social distancing and restrictions, uncertainty and emotional distress experienced have become widespread as the world struggles to bring the virus under control and to find solutions.
The current worldwide pandemic arose against an already dire mental health landscape that saw mental health conditions on the rise across the globe. About 450 million people live with mental disorders that are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide (WHO’s World Health Report, 2001). One person in every four will be affected by a mental disorder at some stage of their lives while mental, neurological and substance use disorders exact a high toll on health outcomes, accounting for 13% of the total global burden of disease (WHO, 2012).
The World Health Organization (2018) states that every 40 seconds someone dies by suicide. Annually, this represents over 800 000 people that die by suicide, which is more than people dying by war and homicide put together. For every suicide, there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds while 79% of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting and devastating effects on the people left behind.
2019 has been a fantastic year for our organisation. Each month is filled with a hive of activity.
Work around Health promotion, Social Housing projects, the Schools education program and the availability of our information centre are relayed in our newsletter.
Make sure to have a read, you wont be disappointed.
The start of the new year is generally a very exciting prospect for most, the hype and buzz generally die down once you settle back into the general swing of things. For many people, the cold winter days, post-Christmas blues, the return to work and lack of money can lead to a significant dip in mood. It is thought that these feelings peak by the third Monday of the month, with this day being dubbed Blue Monday.
Christmas can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it’s even harder for those of us with mental ill-health.
So many things that are part of our routines and we take for granted become disrupted by the change of pace in our lives.
Leaving all your preparations for Christmas until the last minute can cause unnecessary stress, but planning ahead can save you time and money. Making lists for jobs to do, presents to buy and groceries you’ll need helps to organise your thoughts, prevents you forgetting something (or someone) and makes it easier to stick to a budget.
Working together to prevent suicide
Stayed tuned to our regular monthly updates on all matters covering mental health