World Mental Health Week 2016

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.”

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Below are some of the listed events organised for World Mental Health Week:

Carlow Mental Health Association Mensana Fest

Carlow Mental Health Association introduced Mensana Fest seven years ago to raise awareness of mental health in Carlow. Mensana Fest 2016 offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and resilience. People from all walks of life are encouraged to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.mensana-2016-final

Connect Mental Health 2016

Connect Mental Health aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in Donegal with a series of events and workshops throughout the year. Their headline event, Connect Mental Health 2016, will take place from 8th – 15th October 2016.

Donegal Mental Health Association

Please see links for details for all events in Donegal



First Fortnight
First Fortnight are helping create the first European Mental Health Arts Festival in October in Greece with the Irish element of the programme taking place on the 6th October in Athens. One of the aims of the festival is to fight stigma around mental health.

Gateway Mental Health Association 

Gateway will host a community well being event as part of World Mental Health Day celebrations around the world. The schedule for the day provides an opportunity to come together with others in the community in support of our health and happiness.  There will be refreshments, music, poetry, mindfulness and so much more!

Laois Connects 2016

The annual Laois Connects week, which promotes Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing, takes place from 8th October – 15th October 2016. There are a comprehensive programme of events on offer throughout the week which highlight the importance of physical exercise and its benefits for good mental health. laois-connects-2016-brochure

Limerick Mental Health Association

Limerick Mental Health Week promotes positive mental health in the community. This is achieved through a series of public talks, exhibitions, workshops and events. The week will provide a forum to generate discussion and promote positive mental health. It will also reduce stigma and help to bring mental health into everyday conversations. Finally, Limerick Mental Health Week highlights the range of supports and services, which are available within the local community. limerickmentalhealthweek-2016

Meath Mental Health Festival

Meath LSP in association with Meath County Council, Jigsaw Meath, SHINE, Meath Employability Services, HSE; GROW, CORE Meath and the GAA have come together to deliver the 3rd annual Meath Mental Health Festival,  taking place from 3rd – 10th October.

Meath Mental Health festival is a countywide initiative to promote the awareness of positive mental health. This will be done through a series of workshops delivered to community settings including rural, secondary schools and sports clubs.

PCI College Public Lecture

PCI College will lost a special free lecture, to mark World Mental Health week.  Taking place on Tuesday 11th of October, their guest speaker will be Dr. Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist, Author, and Operation Transformation panellist.

Recovery College Launch

The Dublin North, North East Recovery College will open their doors for the first time on World Mental Health Day . Venue: School of Nursing & Human Sciences, DCU Main Entrance (Collins Avenue, Glasnevin Campus).

On the day, along with information about this exciting new initiative, inspirational guest speakers will share some of their recovery stories in a segment called Heroes Journeys.
This free event is open to everyone with an interest in mental health well-being and recovery. To register, contact the Recovery College: –

See Change

To mark World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October , See Change will launch our our Green Ribbon 2016 Impact Report. This report will be available online on Monday 10th.

See Change will also present their workplace programme and offer tips and advice on how to start mental health conversations in the workplace on Wednesday 12th October at the Connect Business Forum in Letterkenny.

Shine – Supporting People Affected By Mental ill Health

The Basin Club In Dublin will host an Open Day on the 12th October. Please contact 01 8601620 for more details.

The Basement Resource Centre in Cork are holding an event on 10th October in  partnership with Urban October in Cork City in the Green Ribbon community garden Please contact 021 4226064 for more details


St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

On Monday 10th October, St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will be attempting to hold the World’s Largest Mindfulness session. It will happen at St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin 8, and they will be broadcasting live on Ireland AM throughout the morning, and also on Walk in My Shoes Radio.

‘Walk in My Shoes Radio’ is a pop-up radio station that will be broadcast live from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services from Monday 10th – Friday 14th October to mark World Mental Health Week. A number of See Change Ambassadors will speak on the radio station during the week.

World Health Organisation

The WHO will be launching their World Health Day campaign “Depression: let’s talk”

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