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Welcome to alive2thrive.ie, a website promoting positive mental health in Sligo and Leitrim, where you will find services, resources, tips and general information.

World Mental Health week Oct 7-14th 2018

Promoting Mental Wellbeing in Leitrim

We are pleased to invite you, the people of Co. Leitrim, to participate in a range of activities to raise awareness about the very important topic of mental health. Events and activities promoting a positive sense of wellbeing will commence during World Mental Health Week and continue throughout the Autumn. People from all walks of life are encouraged to take time out to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others around the issue of mental wellbeing. We hope that through open dialogue and participation in some of the activities outlined in this brochure, local communities will recognise the importance of maintaining good mental health in today’s hectic and stress filled society.

Research has indicated five aspects of everyday living which are seen to have a positive impact on our mental health. The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed based on evidence relating to individuals behaviour. If individuals change their behaviour so as to incorporate more Five-Waystype activities into their day-to-day lives, the evidence suggests that their wellbeing will improve. When you have these positive experiences you can change how you think and behave, becoming emotionally more resilient. The “Five Ways to Wellbeing” are simple, accessible and achievable for everyone…

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

CONNECT

Feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need. Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and can help reduce the risk of mental ill health for people of all ages. With this in mind, try to do something different today – and make a connection.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email
  • Speak to someone new
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Phone or meet someone you care about for a proper catch up

BE ACTIVE

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is also essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the added benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as providing some level of exercise. Find an exercise you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility!

TAKE NOTICE

‘Taking notice’ of the world around you, in the here and now, can directly enhance your wellbeing. Many of us spend so much time thinking about things in the past or worrying about the future that we don’t enjoy the moment. Try taking some time every day to savour the moment and the environment around you.

  • Go for a walk and make a conscious effort to notice the landmarks and landscape
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Go somewhere pleasant for lunch, away from your normal setting, and really savour the environment and the tastes and textures of your food
  • Take notice of how people around you are feeling or acting

KEEP LEARNING

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Signing up for a night class or pursuing a new interest or hobby is a great way to boost your wellbeing. However, you don’t have to sign up to a formal activity to learn new things. Here are a few more ideas which you could try building in to your regular activities

  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a foreign language

GIVE

Participation in social and community life – by volunteering for example – is strongly linked with improved wellbeing. Research has shown that carrying out an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

  • Your time
  • Your words
  • Your presence

What’s On!

  • Mental Health Week SligoOctober 8, 2018 - 1:20 pm

    Wednesday 10th October 2018 is designated World Mental Health Day. Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services, Mental Health Ireland, and a number of community and voluntary organisations will be hosting a range of interesting, informative and fun events in the coming weeks in Sligo and Leitrim to celebrate Mental Health Week. The five ways to wellbeing, […]

  • October 8, 2018 - 1:06 pm

    Promoting Mental Wellbeing in Leitrim We are pleased to invite you, the people of Co. Leitrim, to participate in a range of activities to raise awareness about the very important topic of mental health. Events and activities promoting a positive sense of wellbeing will commence during World Mental Health Week and continue throughout the Autumn. […]

  • World Mental Health Week – Leitrim eventsOctober 3, 2018 - 9:06 am

    Leitrim Brochure 2018 PDF

  • Free mindfulness workshopJuly 30, 2018 - 10:42 am

    Everyone is welcome to a free mindfulness workshop on Saturday August 4th at St. Columba’s Hospital (Education centre) The workshop is open to all, those with and without previous experience and will be facilitated by Mar Healy from Mental Health Ireland.

  • Lived LivesMarch 20, 2018 - 12:15 pm

    The mediated Lived Lives art exhibition tours to open the conversation about suicide are taking place in Manorhamilton next week. The mediated tour of the exhibition will take approximately 90 minutes and is limited to 20 participants…..

  • Sligo Walking Festival 2018January 15, 2018 - 3:09 pm

    North West Adventure Tours welcome you to the annual Sligo Walking Festival 2018. We look forward to meeting walkers old and new out on the hills. We have included a wide variety of walks so there is sure to be a walk to suit your individual level of fitness. Click heading for more info…

Students in Sligo Institute of Technology have produced this video clip asking people ‘Who Would You Tell?’ if you were having problems or suicidal thoughts. Click here to read more.

Watch this video clip to find out more about mental health from young people in Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan. You will also find out about the youth mental health study currently being conducted in the area.

Join your local Mental Health Assocation

There are currently 5 Local Mental Health Associations in the Sligo Leitrim Area engaged in a range of activities promoting positive mental health and supporting those managing a mental illness.

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