Lord Mayor urges local community and businesses to host ‘Coffee & Connect’ for World Mental Health Day

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Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty is urging local community groups and businesses to host ‘Coffee & Connect’ morning to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.  This year’s theme is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’.

To promote positive mental wellbeing, the Council in partnership with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust are promoting ‘Coffee & Connect’, a toolkit for businesses and local community groups, to encourage people to come together and talk about mental health.

Lord Mayor Julie Flaherty said,

“It is so important to look after our mental health and the mental health of our young people by being aware and understanding early warning signs and symptoms.

“Young people can experience many changes during the early years of adulthood including changing schools, leaving home, starting university or a new job.  Collectively we all need to help build mental resilience from an early age to help prevent mental distress and illness among our young people.

“This is why I am urging local community groups and businesses to use the toolkit and plan a ‘Coffee & Connect’ event for World Mental Health Day – if October doesn’t suit, remember any time of the year is good to improve our mental health.

“The council will also light up buildings in purple to recognise World Mental Health Day in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon on Wednesday 10th October”.

Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. They affect around one in four people in the UK, and range from common mental health problems to more rare conditions. A mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, as any other physical illness therefore it is important that we take steps to managing our mental wellbeing.

If you are in despair or distress call Lifeline free on 0808 808 8000.

Download the free Coffee and Connect Booklet.

For further information on mental health issues log on to www.mindingyourhead.info