Pos­i­tive men­tal health high on the agenda for En­nis­cor­thy Cham­ber of Com­merce

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

MIND­ING your men­tal health, that was the mes­sage com­ing loud and clear from Men­tal Health Ire­land’s Area De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Linda Thorpe, speak­ing at the Septem­ber Wake Up Wed­nes­day ini­tia­tive, de­vel­oped by En­nis­cor­thy & Dis­trict Cham­ber and spon­sored by AIB.

Linda said we are all in­clined to look af­ter our phys­i­cal well­be­ing through reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, bal­anced diet and fre­quent med­i­cal check­ups, but few of us ever con­sider our men­tal well­be­ing or what we could be do­ing to en­cour­age our own pos­i­tive men­tal health.

We all need to mind our men­tal health, Linda said, be­cause the ‘ebb and flow of life will take its toll and we need to be equipped with the nec­es­sary tools to cope with its de­mands’.

We need to stay con­nected, nur­tur­ing re­la­tion­ships with friends and fam­ily. We all need a sense of pur­pose, do­ing things that bring mean­ing to our lives. We need to de­velop healthy habits like reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, bal­anced diet and suf­fi­cient sleep. We need to recog­nise our own worth and learn to value our­selves. We need to laugh of­ten. We need ‘go-to peo­ple’ when times get tough, friends or ex­perts that we can talk to about our emo­tions. And we need to re­main op­ti­mistic know­ing and ac­cept­ing that prob­lems will pass and that we are not per­fect and can­not be all things to all men.

‘ There are five rec­om­mended ways to men­tal well­be­ing – con­nect, be ac­tive, take no­tice, keep learn­ing and give,’ said Linda. ‘Giv­ing to oth­ers or do­ing some­thing nice for some­one else is good for you, see­ing your­self and your hap­pi­ness linked to the wider com­mu­nity can be in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing and cre­ate con­nect­ed­ness with the peo­ple around you.’

The AIB Wake Up Wed­nes­day Pro­gramme is a won­der­ful ini­tia­tive by En­nis­cor­thy & Dis­trict Cham­ber and is re­ceiv­ing a ter­rific re­sponse from the En­nis­cor­thy busi­ness com­mu­nity. The next Wake Up Wed­nes­day is on Oc­to­ber 4 at 7.30am with guest speaker Jen­nie Frizelle. The Christ­mas Fes­ti­val fundrais­ing Dog Night will take place at En­nis­cor­thy Grey­hound Track on Thurs­day Septem­ber 21.

For de­tails on Men­tal Health and Well­be­ing go to www.men­tal­healthire­land.ie

Linda Thorpe, Men­tal Health Ire­land Area De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer and Ma­ree Lyng, pres­i­dent of En­nis­cor­thy and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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