Catch up on WIMS Live

2020 marks the first outing for WIMS Live, our week-long programme of online events and activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day and put the spotlight on mental health.

Reading Corner and Meet the Author

We caught up with some of Ireland's most creative and progressive writers for young people. In our Reading Corner, primary school teacher and author Emma Cahill gives a short reading for young readers from one of her popular books. In our Meet the Author series for secondary school students, we meet Louise O’Neill and Dave Rudden to explore their journeys through young adult life, their inspirations, and how writing helped to overcome their own mental health challenges; a link to supports available for anyone affected by the topics raised in their interviews is shared on this page.

Young people and mental health

We spent some time during WIMS Live taking a deep-dive on teenager and young people's mental health. From meeting youth mental health advocates and chatting about the issues and concerns which affect teenagers' mental health, to offering practical tips for young people supporting family or friends going through a mental health difficulty, these videos and podcasts aim to help young people in building insight and tools to meet new challenges and navigate new experiences.

Talks and webinars

Reflections on Recovery

At different times in our lives, we may need to get some help and support for our mental health. In our Reflections on Recovery podcasts, we meet advocates with lived experience of mental health difficulties to hear their stories. They talk about going through their own challenges and recovery, and speaking out to create greater understanding of and reduce stigma around mental health.

  • Rick's Journey

    RTÉ’s Jan Ní Fhlanagáin meets Rick Rossiter, an ambassador for SeeChange, who explores his journey through his own mental health challenge and paths to recovery. From first recognising difficulties to learning to live with his mental health, Rick shares his experience of seeking help, going through treatment, and, now, taking action to reduce and overcome mental health stigma.

  • Marian's Journey

    In the second instalment of this podcast series, Jan Ní Fhlanagáin chats with Marian, the Chairperson of SPMHS’ Service Users and Supporters Council (SUAS), about her journey of mental health. In an honest and moving conversation, Marian reinforces the empowering message that living a full life while managing a mental health difficulty is not only possible, but a right we all have.

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If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in WIMS Live, support is available.

If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in WIMS Live, support is available.

Download our 2020 schedule here

Download our 2020 schedule here