Selfless September: Supporting each other & raising awareness of mental health


Thursday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.  As part of our Selfless September campaign, and together with our charity partner AWARE NI, we hope that all our readers and customers will help us raise awareness of mental health in Northern Ireland. We want to share information, statistics, and the Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing leaflet with you, so you’re able to be an individual that helps another in need.

Did you know?

Mental health in Northern Ireland is higher than in other parts of the UK & Ireland. In fact, 1 in 4 people in Northern Ireland will experience problems that affect their mental health each year. Such mental health problems can affect larger societies, not just those who are isolated. While certain groups are more vulnerable, no-one is immune to poor mental health.

As the saying goes; ‘Depression doesn’t discriminate’.

In the workplace, Deloitte has reported that poor mental health costs UK employers £45 billion per year, but for every £1 spent by employers on mental health interventions, they get £5 back on reduced absence, presenteeism and staff turnover. With workplaces choosing to invest in mental health, there is a better chance of increased productivity, loyalty, and staff well-being.

Mental health is just as important…

It’s true! Looking after your own mental health is just as important as looking after your physical condition, but unfortunately COVID-19 has put a strain on many individuals’ in Northern Ireland. So, we want to encourage you to join us on Thursday, 10th September to raise awareness of mental health and #POSITIVE welfare.

Our charity partner AWARE is supporting the 5 HSC Trusts, Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), who are working together to organise a regional campaign to unify World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day. This campaign aims to promote the positive mental health and well-being of everyone living in Northern Ireland! Ultimately focusing on the campaign of self-care and looking after one another.

Throughout the campaign, we hope that the Take 5 approach in addition to the variety of support & resources from various organisations around the province will help you spread that positivity and gain a little knowledge along the way.

We want you to remember that SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH.


What are the steps you ask?

– Connect
– Be Active
– Take Notice
– Keep Learning
– Give

Check out more information here:

‘Working Together to Promote Mental Wellbeing’

Launched Monday 7th September 2020 and running for a five week period, we’re encouraging everyone to get involved by sharing the Public Health Agency’s social media posts, using the logo above and the hashtag #MentalWellbeingNI2020

You can share events or initiatives that fit with each week’s Take 5 theme, following the sequence Connect | Be Active | Take Notice | Keep Learning and Give.

For example, have you helped a friend, relative or peer by talking through a tough period they or you are going through? You can post the logo with a snippet on how you’ve helped, or been helped – it’s as simple as that to encourage, support and promote such significant charities and how to remain positive at the toughest times.

Fancy Getting Involved?

If you’re looking for some activities to support your five steps to wellbeing, AWARE are pleased to offer the following options:

Mood Walk 2020 (Throughout September)

We are inviting people to take on their own 5k Mood Walk this September to mark World Suicide Prevention Day! People can take part as individuals or as a group. For further information follow the link:

Slieve Donard Trek (10 October 2020)

The trek is taking place on 10 October 2020, World Mental Health Day. Life mountain experts manage and deliver this event for AWARE will follow government guidelines for COVID-19.  For further information follow the link:

*If you’d like to find out about AWARE’s services, please visit:

We hope that we can bring individuals and communities together to promote mental well-being in the home, workplace and more. With plenty of information and activities to become apart of, there’s no reason not to lend a helping hand.

#SpreadPositivity #HelpingHand

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