Malahide, a Caring Community.

1.0  Welcome to the Malahide – A Caring Community. The purpose of this website is to provide information, advice and support to anyone who is worried about the situation they find themselves in or are trying to support a family member or friend in getting the right help or assurances that they need. Our goal is to gather contact details about the agencies that are available and provide information which may help in some way on taking the first step to face your challenge.

 

2.0  Malahide – A Caring Community is an initiative of locals businesses, churches, doctors, pharmacists, schools and sports & social clubs. Its aim is to raise the community awareness of our need to be there with and for one another which is expressed in our logo ‘How are you to-day?’ Our objectives to achieve our aim is to provide information through a leaflet (which is now widely available in the village), this website, hosting speakers on the subjects surrounding mental health awareness and listening to the community to see where are needs are and how these can be met.

 

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4.0 Looking after your mental health will help you manage stress and stay well. Most of the time we can identify and deal with the causes of stress. Sometimes high levels of stress may develop into a more serious health issue and if it does it is important to remember you are not alone and there is help available. The challenge for any Mental Health awareness campaign is to make it OK to talk about mental health in everyday life. It is something that can be good or bad and is an important part of all of us.

Mental Health is about how you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. Your mental health does not always stay the same. It can change as you move through different life stages or in response to difficulties in your life. There are things you can do to look after your mental health in the same way you can look after your physical health. Sometimes the steps you take to maintain both are the same.

Stress and worry can affect your mental and physical health. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or worried. The stress of the economic downturn, losing a job, having money worries, relationship difficulties, bereavement, or bullying can all have a different effect on each of us.

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:

Take it one day at a time: Focus on the here and now and trust that you will have what it takes to cope with tomorrow. While this may feel impossible, think of the times when you overcame certain situations in your life and improve your self confidence. Plan your day so that at the end of it you will feel you have achieved something.

Talk about it: Many of us can feel isolated and overwhelmed by problems sometimes. Talking about how you feel will help. Confide in someone you trust and if you feel there is nobody to talk to, call a helpline such as the ones listed on the back of this leaflet.

Ask for help: If you were feeling physically sick you would see a doctor, so don’t be embarrassed about getting help for your mental health. Everyone needs help from time to time and there is nothing wrong with asking for it. In fact, asking for help is a sign of personal strength.

Accept yourself: We’re all different, but the one thing we all have in common is that none of us is perfect. Many different things, including our background, race, gender, religion and sexuality, make is who we are. Everyone has something to offer and everyone is entitled to respect, including you. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

Get involved: Meeting people and getting involved in new things can make all the difference- for you and others. Join a club, meet up with friends,volunteer, do a course- there are many things to do if you look around, Not only will you feel better, but you will benefit from supporting others too.

Eat and sleep well: A healthy balanced diet and trying to get regular sleep will help your physical health and will also help you to be more positive and have more energy.

Keep active: Regular exercise will help you sleep and relax, look and feel better. It may be hard work, but it is worth the effort. Even a 30 minute walk most days can make all the difference.

Relax: If being too busy is getting you down, make time to relax. Fit things into your day that help you unwind like reading, listening to music etc. Even 10 minutes of down time during a busy day can make all the difference and help you manage stress better.

Alcohol, watch what you drink: Drinking alcohol to deal with problems will only make things worse. It is best to drink in moderation and avoid binge-drinking. Overdoing it can damage your health and won’t help you to deal with the cause of your worries.

Get advice on money problems: Taking control of your money problems may help reduce your stress.

 

5.0 Problems with friends or family, work or school as well as normal everyday stress can make you over-sensitive, irritable, lazy, withdrawn or rebellious. These feelings are normal and will usually pass, but if they don’t go away they can be the symptoms of a mental health problem. The signs listed below might indicate a problem.

Withdrawal from friends, family, school, work, sports or other things that are usually enjoyable.

A major change in mood or inappropriate responses to certain situations.

Disturbed sleep; either not getting enough or sleeping too much.

Disturbed eating patterns; either eating less than normal or over-eating.

Pre-occupation and obsession about a particular issue.

Lack of care for personal appearance or personal responsibilities.

A drop in performance at work or school or in hobbies.

Doing things that don’t make sense to others or hearing or seeing things that nobody else can hear or see.

If you think that someone you know might be having problems, look out for these signs and symptoms. Most people will turn to a friend for support during tough times so being there for your friends can really help. Remember, it is important to look after your own mental health, so don’t take on more than you feel comfortable with. Talk to someone about your concerns. You are not responsible for everyone else, but you can offer support.

HOW TO SUPPORT SOMEONE YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT:

Any of us can experience real distress in a time of crisis, which can make someone think of or talk about suicide. This can be caused by too many strong feelings and thoughts at the one time. If you are concerned about someone you can follow these steps:

Listen to them, this can help them feel supported and less alone.

Reassure them and show you care. Say something like “I’m worried about you and I want to help”or “Whatever’s bothering you we will get through this together.

Ask the question: Don’t be afraid to discuss suicide, asking about it won’t put the idea in people’s heads.

Get professional help: Encourage them to look for help: “Let’s talk to someone who can help” or “You’re not alone. There are people who can help you out of this situation.”

 

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Depression (Helplines)

AWARE

www.aware.ie                         1890 303302

SAMARITANS

www.samaritans.org               1850 609090

 

Suicide (Helplines)

PIETA HOUSE

www.pieta.ie                          (01) 601 00 00

(Centre for prevention of self-harm/suicide)

 

SAMARITANS

www.samaritans.org               1850 609090

 

 

HEADSUP

www.headsup.ie                     txt ‘headsup’ to 50424

(24hr suicide helpline)

 

1LIFE

www.1life.ie                           1800 247 100

(24hr suicide helpline)                        or txt ‘help’ to 51444

 

Bereavement Counselling

 

CONSOLE

www.console.ie                      1800 201890

(Suicide Bereavement support service)

 

Malahide Bethany Bereavement Support Group

087 7936189 (Answering Machine)

 

Bereavement Counselling Service

Baldoyle (01) 8391766

www.bereavementireland.com

 

Information

 

HSE

www.hse.ie                             1850 241850

 

MENTAL HEALTH (Irl)

www.yourmentalhealth.ie      (01) 284 1166

 

GROW

www.grow.ie                          1890 474 474

 

CITIZENS INFORMATION

1890 777 121

Malahide Library

www.citizensinformation.ie

 

7.0 malahidecares@gmail.com

 

Other people to contact locally:

 

Family member, trusted friend, club member

or work colleague

Contact your local:

Doctor (G.P.)

Pharmacist

Religious Minister/Priest

A&E dept.

 

Services Available in Schools

 

Rainbows Bereavement and Separation Support Group:

This is available in: St. Oliver Plunkett School

St. Sylvester Infant School (every two years)

John Paul II School

 

Counselling Service:

There are full time counselling service available to students in Malahide Community School (Pobalscoil íosa)