Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hello Goodbye, Hello Goodbye

The Beatles in 1967. Photo: PA Wire
The Beatles in 1967. Photo: PA Wire

John Masterson

Each year, I'm amazed by the range of events that Carlow Mental Health organise for a week in October. They are good at getting people to think about their mental health. They are positive about providing tips to focus our minds on behaviours that are helpful to ourselves and to our friends, family, colleagues.

A few years back, they used the slogan H.E.L.L.O. to get us to focus on Hearing the people we are talking to and Engaging with them more fully, to Listen actively and fully, to Learn something about the person we are talking with, and to keep this up on an Ongoing basis. It stuck for me. It hops into my mind every time I bid someone a cursory hello, which is several times every day.

Being a Beatles fan, I know that with HELLO goes GOODBYE, which set me thinking. If we can say HELLO to the habits that promote positive mental health, lets think about what we can do to say GOODBYE to some of our troubles.

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