One of the key findings from the Mental Health Needs Assessment carried out by the National Youth Health Programme in 2015, was the need to support organisations, practitioners and young people in Ireland to access appropriate mental health services.Â In response to this need, a Youth Mental Health Signposting tool was developed.Â It provides information on available youth mental health services, training programmes, community supports and childrenâ€™s rights.Â See what it looks like at: www.youthhealth.ie/signposts
Suicide charity, 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide), recently launched a series of â€˜T-Timeâ€™ videos which aim to destigmatise mental health and help with understanding and coping with specific mental health issues.Â The topics include: depression and low mood; anxiety and panic; self-harm; stress; knowing the signs of suicide.Â T-Time is a collaboration between 3Ts and YouTuber, James Mitchell.Â It looks at mental health in a relaxed, informal way, as James explores each topic over a cup of tea with 3Tsâ€™ Mental Health Coordinator and Psychotherapist, Clare Oâ€™Brien.Â They are part of 3Tsâ€™ â€˜3 Stepsâ€™ campaign which aims to teach people to know the signs, know the words and know the supports when discussing mental health concerns.Â The videos set out simple steps to take in approaching these difficult topics, and are available at: www.3ts.ie/need-help/3steps-mental-health-videos
Every year there are hundreds of events throughout Ireland to celebrate Menâ€™s Health Week (MHW).Â Some of these are well publicised, but most are only known about by a few people.Â This year, the Men's Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) had a section on its website to promote the details of any activities or events that were being held throughout Ireland during the week (see: www.mhfi.org/mhw2017events.pdf)Â Â However, a lot of the activities which took place are still not recorded, and it would be great to flag them up.Â Itâ€™s not too late to complete and submit a MHW Event Form at: www.mhfi.org/mhw/promote-an-event.htmlÂ Other submission options are also available at: www.mhfi.org/mhw/mhw-2017.html#TellOthers
Throughout Menâ€™s Health Week, everyone was kept up-to-date with the latest news and developments in the field of menâ€™s work via Facebook (www.facebook.com/MensHealthWeek) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/MensHealthIRL).Â However, these social media outlets exist all year round, and seek to highlight what is happening on the island of Ireland and further afield.
Family Mediation Northern Ireland is inviting applications for their Foundation Training Programme 2017.Â Family Mediation offers an alternative to conflict when families experience difficulties in relationships; particularly during or after separation and divorce.Â By managing conflict, and offering an independent and impartial process, it empowers (ex) partners to negotiate solutions which meet the needs of their family, especially those of their children.Â For full details, see: www.mhfi.org/familymediation2017.pdf
Fathers have a critical - yet poorly recognised - role in giving their children the best chance of good mental health throughout their lives according to a briefing paper published by the Centre for Mental Health.Â â€˜Fatherhoodâ€™, by Lorraine Khan, reviews evidence about the role of fathers in childrenâ€™s mental health.Â It finds evidence that fathers have a big influence on their childrenâ€™s mental health, yet few get any help or support to fulfil their potential as parents.Â See: www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/briefing-50-fatherhood