Ask, Listen, Talk

World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on 10th October. The Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilise efforts in support of positive mental health.

The theme for World Mental Health Day 2018 is 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World'.

Change can be an energising and positive force in our lives. It can also be disconcerting for young people who are experiencing a great deal of change all at once. Cyber-bullying, an over-reliance on social media, insecure employment prospects, exam stress, a focus on body image, eating disorders, and alcohol/substance misuse are some of the issues making growing up in this rapidly changing world, so challenging.

Here are some ideas for parents, carers, coaches, youth workers or anyone interested in some advice on helping support the young people in your life.

ASK

- Don’t be embarrassed to ASK questions and build your knowledge of issues affecting young people. Understanding an issue will make you feel more confident to talk about it.

SpunOutParenting NI and Young Minds have resources for adults and young people.

 LISTEN

- Start that conversation you may have been avoiding. Even if it makes you feel awkward.

- LISTEN to what you hear with an open mind.

TALK

- Let the young person in your life know that it’s ok to TALK about feelings and emotions.

- Regularly talk about what’s happening in their life and focus on how it makes them feel.

Our ASK LISTEN TALK advice note from the Change Your Mind campaign offers more tips on how to start conversations about mental health.

The Minding Your HeadPublic Health Agency and Royal College of Psychiatrists websites have lots of information on mental health and services available across Northern Ireland and the yourmentalhealth and Health Promotion websites provide similar information for those in the Republic of Ireland. 

To find out more about World Mental Health Day click here.

We hope to encourage people to start a conversation around mental health. Below are some documents you can use including a poster and computer screensaver.

For more information on the campaign contact our Insight and Engagement Team here.

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