How do you explain your feelings and worries? Who can help you if you are too shy to ask for help? Does anyone notice when it feels like your world is falling apart? Suicide and depression are huge problems in Ireland today. 10 per cent of the Irish population suffers from depression. But mental illness is a taboo subject and we can often overlook this.
Mental health is a way to describe the state of your mind, feelings, emotions and nerves.
Mental health is the balance between all aspects of life–social, physical, spiritual and emotional. It impacts on how we manage our surroundings and make choices in our lives–clearly it is an integral part of our overall health. Mental health is far more than the absence of mental illness and has to do with many aspects of our lives including:
In this section you’ll find information to help you understand mental health, tips for staying in good mental health and links to support services. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact your local doctor or go to the A&E department of the nearest hospital. The doctors and hospitals in your area will be listed in the Golden Pages. See the Help Section for supportive information and contact details of support organisations.
Some content thanks to YouthHealthNE authors.