Inspire Wellbeing urging public to ‘hope’ on World Mental Health Day

Northern Ireland’s leading mental health charity, Inspire wellbeing are set to host its second annual Wellbeing Sessions to mark World Mental Health Day on Sunday.

Throughout World Mental Health Day, Inspire will be championing positive, hopeful mental health, focusing on the five steps to wellbeing and hosting conversations to break the stigma around mental ill health.

Events at the World Mental Health Day Wellbeing Sessions

  • Comedian Tim McGarry will join Mental Health Champion Siobhan O’Neill and members of the Bolster Community to make candles and discuss the value of connection, the importance of doing things you love and the wellbeing power of creativity.
  • Penny McCanny, a prominent campaigner for the decriminalisation of drugs will deliver a moving talk reflecting on the power of hope during dark times.
  • Nutritionist Jane McClenaghan, Méabh Austin (FairShare, a project of CHNI) and Nisha Tandon (Belfast Mela) will cook a meal together at Loaf Catering and explore the power of food and its relation to our wellbeing.
  • Filmed at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, author Tony Macaulay, Inspire Director Alex Bunting, psychology professor Dr Nichola Rooney and activist Lindsay Robinson will talk about the books that inspired them and helped them understand mental ill health and the power of storytelling to break stigma and prejudice.

Inspire is the lead partner of Covid Wellbeing NI, a partnership of 16 of Northern Ireland’s mental health charities, the Public Health Agency, and the Departments for Communities and Health.

The group launched an online hub for the public to help them cope with the impact of Covid-19 on mental health and wellbeing. Since launching in June 2020, the Hub has seen over 127,000 page views and over 61,000 users. People have been using the hub to access advice on issues like wellbeing, sleep, stress and addiction.

Director of Addiction and Mental Health at Inspire, Alex Bunting said: “The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is hope and that is very much reflected in our plans for The Wellbeing Sessions 2. With fascinating events, talks and activities happening throughout the day which can support people to maintain their mental health and wellbeing, we hope to promote positive mental health and celebrate all those who are seeking to balance their wellbeing for the better.

“There has been no doubt that the past two years have been incredibly difficult, with many people challenged with their mental health due to the pandemic and the normal feelings of worry and anxiety. Inspire wants to provide a platform to break the stigma around mental health this World Mental Health Day while showcasing how we can look after both our minds and our bodies in fun and interesting activities.

“Through World Mental Health Day, we are also encouraging people to use the resources available to them when considering the best ways to be proactive about mental health and wellbeing. The Covid Wellbeing NI hub is a fantastic online tool with great advice and guidance on many issues that may be affecting a person’s mental health.

“This word Mental Health Day our message is simple  – together lets end the stigma and discrimination around mental ill health and ensure we invest in support and services so people have the support they need, when they need it.”

The Wellbeing Sessions 2 will be live across Inspire Wellbeing social media channels on Sunday 10 October.

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