Fine Gael TD Dan Neville has urged Limerick people to take part in the #littlethings mental health campaign by sharing their tips for feeling well via social media.
The campaign is being run by the National Office for Suicide Prevention and aims to highlight the little things that can help boost mental health.
“At the centre of #littlethings is the desire to communicate that we all experience life’s storms – the day to day difficulties that are part of life, like stress, grief, feeling down, worried, anxious,” explained Mr Neville, who is also president of the Irish Association of Suicidology.
“#littlethings also assures young people that there are things that you can do that will have a positive impact on how you feel, and how you cope. Through #littlethings you can find out more about mental well-being and be confident that support is available,” he added.
Speaking after the launch of the campaign, Mr Neville pointed out that social media has great potential to help and support young people in times of trouble.
“#littlethings are acts of self-care that are proven to help us feel better and get through tough times. These include keeping active, talking about your problems, doing things with others, eating healthily, staying in touch, drinking less alcohol, looking out for others and sleeping well.
“People are encouraged to use social media to share their own #littlethings, inspiring other people to find what works for them,” he said.
“In the Budget last week €35 million was allocated to mental health services. This means that since this Government has come to power €125 million has been spent on mental health. This is hugely significant, it will help support community services so people can receive care close to home and it will provide resources to this long-neglected area of the health service.
However, mental well-being begins with looking after the #littlethings, by taking the time to look after our mental health and by being aware of the supports that are out there.
For more information in the campaign and other resources to boost mental health, go to www.yourmentalhealth.ie, a new online resource that contains a comprehensive online database of mental health support services.The #littlethings campaign also has its own facebook page and Twitter account (@littlethingshub).