10 October, 2020

World Mental Health Day: Putting the spotlight on mental health

Mental health awareness

World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October every year.

Mental health awareness

For this year's awareness day, our new ambassador, Nicole Owens, and Paul Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer of St Patrick's Mental Health Services, joined Susan Keogh on Newstalk to talk about the importance of looking after our mental health.

Paul spoke about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our mental health, both individually and as a society, this year, and encouraged people to reach out if they need some extra support to get through this challenging time. Meanwhile, Nicole shared some of her own mental health journey and gave examples of the steps she's been taking in recent months to maintain her wellbeing.

Of course, both also drew attention to WIMS Live, our week-long programme of online events and activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day, inviting people to get involved. The week, which comes to a close on World Mental Health Day, aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health by opening conversations and encouraging people to take early action and, where needed, seek professional advice.