The Elephant in the Room – Time to Talk about our Emotions

10/09/2018

The Elephant in the Room – Time to Talk about our EmotionsCreating the link between World Suicide Prevention Day: Monday 10th September 2018 and World Mental Health Day: Wednesday 10th October 2018
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It is impossible to talk about preventing suicide without talking about mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

This year, the Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department of the Western Trust is linking World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September and World Mental Health Day on 10th October to encourage people to talk about the ‘elephant in the room’, in other words, the things that we often choose to ignore – our emotions and how we feel. The respective themes for each campaign are ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ and ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. Central to these themes is how we communicate with each other, how we express our emotions and how we access help when we most need it. In tough times for a whole host of reasons, people find this very difficult, meaning that negative thoughts and feelings get bottled up and hidden away often leading to adverse long-term physical and mental health consequences.

This completely interactive pack contains information, resources and tips to help you, your colleagues and your organisation support this campaign. Just click on the elephant. We invite you to tell us how you help people in your community, school or workplace to talk about the elephant in the room and we will feature your activities, photos and top tips in a new resource for people living and working in the Western Trust area later this year.

Mostly though, we want you to talk to each other! We invite you to share this information, particularly the signposting and helplines, with family, friends and work colleagues. You never know who it might help.

For further information please contact the Western Trust Health Improvement Department T: (028) 71865127 or email: health.improvement@westerntrust.hscni.net