World Mental Health Day takes place on Saturday 10th October.
To celebrate, we are staging an exciting one-day programme of events – The Wellbeing Sessions Live – promoting wellbeing and the various forms it can take. From morning yoga and live music to advice, discussions and insights, there's something for everyone.
Throughout the day, we'll be championing positive mental health and contributing to the conversations ensuring that everyone lives in a stigma-free society.
Each event will centre on one of the 'Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing' themes: Be active, Connect, Give, Keep learning, Take notice.
We'll be broadcasting on Facebook Live and we're encouraging everyone to tune in and contribute to the online discussion.
You can also get involved by sharing details of our programme – which we'll list on our Twitter and Facebook pages – through your own social media outlets and within your network of contacts.
The line-up is as follows:
Be active session: Christine Greene Yoga — Sun Salutations live from our very own wellbeing garden.
Connect session: Panel discussion with experts in the field of relationships, mental health and wellbeing; they will consider ways to keep #BeKind alive after COVID-19.
Participants: Kerry Anthony (CEO, Inspire), Duane Farrell (CEO, Relate NI; Equality Commissioner), Karen McCorry (Assistant Director of Mental Health, Inspire), Maura McMenamin (Community, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Ulster GAA), Joanne Morgan (Director, Community Development & Health Network), Professor Siobhan O'Neill (Ulster University; Northern Ireland's Mental Health Champion)
Give session: Live, creative, food-focused chat, exploring the ways in which nutrition is good for the soul and for communities.
Participants: Moira Doherty (Deputy Secretary for Engaged Communities Group, Department for Communities), Conor Deighan (TAMHI), Jane McClenaghan (Founder, Vital Nutrition)
Keep learning session: Keynote address by Dr David Cameron, Inspire's Clinical Lead Psychologist: 'Challenging stigma: the importance of seeking facts, asking questions and increasing our knowledge around mental ill health.'
Take notice session: Live broadcast of the Like Minded podcast. Artists will talk about the role creativity can play in helping people take notice of the world around them.
Participants: Adam Dougal (actor and host of the Like Minded podcast), John Mallon (Beauty on our Doorstep photography), Shannon O'Neill (Sister Ghost; Girls Rock School)
Live performance by Sister Ghost