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Monday 18 December 2017

Series of events will promote importance of mental health

Mental Health Ireland in partnership with the HSE and a number of community and voluntary organisations will be hosting a range of interesting, informative and fun events in Sligo over the course of World Mental Health Week (8th to 15th October 2017)

The five ways to wellbeing, which will underpin mental health week, are simple, accessible and achievable for everyone

(1) Connect: Feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need. This week, try to do something different and make a connecting. This could include phoning or meeting someone you care about for a proper catch up or asking how someone's weekend was and really listen when they tell you.

(2) Be Active: Activities such as walking, can have the added benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as provided some level of exercise.

(3) Take notice: Taking notice of the world around you can directly enhance your wellbeing. Go for a walk and make a conscious effort to notice the landscape on your route.

(4) Keep learning: Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Signing up for a night class or pursuing a new interest or hobby is a great way to boost your wellbeing.

(5) Give: Participation in social and community life is strongly linked with improved wellbeing. Why not explore volunteering opportunities in Sligo by enquiring with Sligo Volunteer Centre

A series of talks, events, educational workshops and fun activities, outlined below, will be held from the first week in October and will continue throughout the autumn to promote positive mental health in Sligo.

One of the key events is a public talk Dr. Harry Barry entitled 'Anxiety versus Panic, a modern epidemic and how to deal with them'. This free public talk will take place in the Clayton Hotel at 7pm on Thursday 26th of October. Dr. Harry Barry is an experienced medical doctor for over thirty-five years. He has a long-standing interest around mental health especially the management of anxiety and depression.

He has developed a holistic approach with an emphasis on the combination of combining Neuroscience concepts, lifestyle changes and where necessary drug therapy, with the application of simple CBT approaches to effectively manage these approaches.

For the full programme of events in Sligo check out mentalhealthireland.ie.

Sligo Champion

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