Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

Mental Health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own, and others’ dignity and worth.

It can be useful to understand mental health and wellbeing as being along a continuum, naturally fluctuating in response to life events and situations such as job loss, marital breakdown, and bereavement and for young people issues such as academic demands, relationship difficulties and bullying. People will respond individually and differently to these issues and it is important to recognise that these experiences can have an impact on our mental health.

Anyone can experience mental ill health in the same way as we can experience physical ill health, this can be mild, moderate or severe. It is estimated that one in four people in Northern Ireland will have a mental health problems at some point in their lives. It is important to seek help if you are concerned about yourself or someone you know. The first step can be to talk to your GP. Lifeline is available 24 hour a day seven days a week, and by just starting the conversation with ‘I'm just not ok at this moment’ can help.

We all need to be aware of our own mental health and take care of it in the same way as we do our physical health. 

The following links provide further information and support around mental health:

The Health Improvement Department provide a range of free information leaflets and training opportunities.

To view our catalogue of resources click here.

To view our Training Brochure for activites click here.