The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a “state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
It is normal and natural to feel down at times. Problems you may encounter might range from general everyday worries or low periods in your life, to more serious long-term conditions. One in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty in our lifetime. Everyone is different and how we respond to mental health difficulties can vary from person to person.
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
The activities of Mental Health Ireland include:
- Developing and delivering a broad range of mental health promotion activities, in conjunction with the HSE and other statutory agencies
- Supporting 92 local Mental Health Associations in their work by providing information and training and through a network of Development Officers working around the country.
- Providing an information service on issues relating to mental health through information fact-sheets, the MHI website and direct contact.
- Undertaking occasional research on mental health topics, including previous national surveys on stress and the public attitudes to mental illness.
- Organising conferences, courses, workshops and seminars on a wide variety of issues relating to mental health.
Projects in 2018
Launch the Building Resilience Together campaign with the aim of promoting awareness and understanding of Resilience at an individual and community level.
Deliver the MHI Training and Education Programme, consisting of 18 modules on a broad range of mental health issues, to 100-150 people.
Deliver trainings under the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Programme to help individuals recognise and intervene to help people at risk of suicide within their work, social, community or family group.
Increase by 100% the visitors to the MHI Website, which is another means of people accessing information around mental health, positive mental health and the projects and events that are held throughout the year.