World Mental Health Day 2019


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Today is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day in which people across the world join together to share their experiences, fight stigma and advocate for change. 

The theme of this year’s event is suicide and suicide prevention.

Every year, close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in the UK, and is the only part of the UK in which the suicide rate is increasing.

The Protect 2 Life strategy, recently published by the Department of Health, has set out what the Department will do to reduce suicide and self-harm over the next five years and looks at the importance of everyone, including MindWise, working together on prevention. 

Suicide Myths

Do only people who have a mental illness think about suicide?  Should you take it seriously when someone says they wishes they weren't here anymore?

Myths and misinformation around suicide are still common, and can stop people reaching out for support, and recognising when someone needs help. 

On #WorldMentalHealthDay, share our 1 minute video which busts 3 of the biggest myths about suicide. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Take Action

1. Ask what your local councillors and MLAs are doing to protect and promote mental health in your community. 

You can contact your councillors and MLAs through email and post.  All contact details for MLAs can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly website, and your local councillor can be contacted through your council website. 

2. Get involved 

Last year, MindWise worked alongside more than 10,000 people in their mental health journey.  

By volunteering with MindWise, you will play an active and essential role in supporting people in their recovery from mental ill health.  Our volunteers support our clients in learning new skills, fostering self expression and self esteem, and in having fun! Find out more about volunteering with MindWise. 

Our fundraisers have skydived, baked and walked the length of Ireland to spread the mental health message and help us to reach more people who need our support. Read more about fundraising for MindWise.  You can also donate to MindWise - your donations enable our local services to keep delivering the recovery based programmes that help transform peoples' lives. 

Is your workplace supportive of mental wellbeing? Our WorkWise programme provides training for employers for positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Find out more.

3. Share your story

Your own experiences are valuable, valid and powerful.  By sharing your story, you can help challenge stigma, give hope to others and empower you.  Time to Change, the national anti-stigma campaign by Mind and Rethink, feature real life stories, and you can submit your own. 

Get Support

Debt and money worries

More than 50% of people living with mental illness are also in debt.  We know that debt and money issues are one of the main factors that can worsen mental health, and that our mental health can have a huge impact on how we manage our money.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems with their mental health and money, including benefits and debt, you can contact our Mental Health and Money Advice Service on 02895 904625 and speak to our trained advisors.  We also have a website which has lots of useful information and guides. Visit


Support in a crisis

If you need to speak to someone right now, here are some confidential options which provide 24/7 support.  If you're worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, please call 999, or go to your nearest A and E.


For people who are experiencing distress or despair. 0808 808 8000


Helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. 0800 1111


24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don't have to be suicidal to call the Samaritans. 116 123

Online support

An online community is a group of people with common interests or experiences who use the internet to communicate together. Many different online communities exist, including mental health specific forums and communities like:

Mental health communities often have higher levels of moderation than general social media sites, which also might make you feel safer.

In Downpatrick yesterday, we had a group discussion about the "5 Steps To Mental Wellbeing" which was very well received and contributed to. We followed that by a coffee morning for all of our service users. Rosie, one of our volunteers made homemade flapjacks and apple and cinnamon cake. 

Thanks to JP Corry, we'll be at their Carrick store today, and Islandbawn Stores Antrim for hosting a collection. We'll also be delivering a talk about mental health and suicide to students at Ulidia College in Carrickfergus.  Our Mental Health and Money Advice Service will be presenting their Impact Report at Stormont. 

We'll be out and about all day - please do come say hello! 



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