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Coping with depression in the run up to Christmas – Ten Tips

The Christmas period can be difficult for those living with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. For the month of December, AWARE will be launching an advent calendar with messages of support and tips for managing the festive period whilst living with depression, anxiety or bipolar. Stay tuned to our social media channels from 1st December. In the meantime, here are our top tips for coping with depression in the run up to Christmas.


Support and Tips for Managing the Festive Period

For the month of December, AWARE will be launching an advent calendar with messages of support and tips for managing the festive period whilst living with depression, anxiety or bipolar. From 30th to 6th December AWARE are linking their advent messaging with the #CovidWellbeingNI Campaign.


Take 5 during Covid-19

From 23rd to 29th November we are sharing information and guidance from TAMHI (Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues) who are encouraging people to Take 5 during Covid-19. TAMHI will be sharing tips linking the take 5 messages: Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give. TAMHI is a mental health charity based in Northern Ireland that works with sports clubs and groups who use sport to raise awareness of mental health and resilience. TAMHI works with sports clubs, schools, and youth groups to make mental health fun and engaging.


Focus on Addiction and Mental Health

From 16th to 22nd November we are sharing information and guidance from Addiction NI focusing on addiction and mental health during Covid-19. This week is Alcohol Awareness Week and Addiction NI are sharing tips on seeking support and helpful tools to help those facing addictive behaviours during the pandemic.


Focus on Breaking Covid Stigma

From 9th to 15th November we are sharing information and guidance from Change Your Mind on the topic of the stigma surround Covid-19. We will be sharing tips and calls to action on how to prevent stigma in our lives and placing the importance of breaking stigma, if we are to keep everyone safe and healthy. Change Your Mind is a grassroots campaign shaped by the collaboration of communities, organisations and individuals who are championing the message against mental health stigma across society.


World Mental Health Day – The Wellbeing Sessions

In 2020, circumstances demanded that we do things a little differently for World Mental Health Day. To celebrate the day, we staged a virtual festival – The Wellbeing Sessions Live, which promoted wellbeing and the various forms it can take. We had morning yoga, live music, advice, discussions and insights. There was something for everyone.


Focus on Stress

From 2nd to 8th November we are sharing information and guidance from Action Mental Health on the topic of Stress, sharing helpful advice and tips on how to relive pressure and regain control. Action Mental Health (AMH) actively promotes the mental health and well-being of people in Northern Ireland.


Work Life and Burn Out

From 26th October to 1st November we are sharing information and guidance from Inspire Workplaces on the topic of Work Life and Burn Out sharing helpful advice and tips on how to slow down and take time for yourself. Inspire Workplaces is the leading provider of workplace wellbeing solutions, delivering mental health and wellbeing support to some of the UK and Ireland’s leading private, public and third sector organisations.


Looking to the future for victims of sexual assault

From 19th to 25th October we are sharing information and guidance from Nexus on the topic of Looking to the future for victims of sexual assault, showing victims they are not alone and they don't have to suffer in silence. Nexus NI offer services and support to people who have been affected by sexual violence in any form, and their services are delivered right across Northern Ireland.


Covid Wellbeing NI Guide to Looking After Your Wellbeing

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the Northern Ireland Executive has introduced new local restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. The COVID Wellbeing NI website features numerous handy tips on promoting good mental health in these challenging times.


Families and friends who are supporting someone living with a serious mental illness

From 12th to 18th October we are sharing information and guidance from CAUSE on the topic of 'Families and friends who are supporting someone living with a serious mental illness' showing these unpaid mental health carers the importance of looking after themselves so they can continue in their challenging roles during the pandemic and beyond.


World Mental Health Day

From 5th October to 11th October, Inspire will be celebrating World Mental Health Day by focusing on the great aspects of the Covid Wellbeing Website. This years theme is Better Mental Health for All, so everyday throughout the week, Inspire will highlight some of the beneficial areas of the website.


Volunteer Now Celebrate Ordinary People During Extraordinary Times

Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering in Northern Ireland, has launched a new photographic series capturing the work of volunteers across all six counties helping local communities in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


How to Support Older People

From 28th September to 4th October, we are sharing information and guidance from Age NI on How to Support Older People during Covid 19 and how they can stay safe at home. They offer advice around staying connected and keeping active whilst we face new daily restrictions. Age NI is the leading charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. They believe in a world where everyone can love later life and we work every day to achieve this.


Focus on Children and Young People

From 21st September to 27th September, we are sharing information and guidance from Barnardos, looking at Children and Young People. Their advice focusing on how children and young people can be kinder to themselves and focus on things they enjoy as the Covid-19 emergency has presented a challenge like no other in our history.


Take 5 Information and Browsealoud instructions now available in more languages

We are delighted to showcase the new bi-lingual information we have made accessible for those whom English is not their first language.


How to Support Someone with Eating Disorders

From 14th September to 20th September, we are sharing information and guidance from the Action Mental Health on How to Support Someone with Eating Disorders.

Connect for World Suicide Prevention Day

Northern Ireland’s Mental Health Champion encourages public to ‘Connect ’ for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Working Together To Promote Mental Wellbeing

Today (Monday 7th September), marks the launch of a regional mental health and emotional wellbeing campaign - ‘Working Together To Promote Mental Wellbeing”.

Money and Mental Health

From 31st August to 6th September, we are sharing information and guidance from MindWise on money and mental health. MindWise are focusing on advice surrounding budgeting, seeking help and knowing who is here to help.

Cruse on Grief and Bereavement

From 17th to 23rd August, we are sharing information and guidance from Cruse on grief and bereavement throughout Covid-19. Cruse Bereavement Care has been helping bereaved people for 60 years. Cruse offers telephone, email and website support meaning all bereaved people have somewhere to turn when someone dies.

Get Into Nature this Summer with MyNI!

With 2020 designated the summer of the staycation, MyNI Life a government digital marketing service, is sharing messages and content on behalf of the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and other trusted providers in a new campaign called #GetIntoNature.

Rural Support on Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice

From 17th to 23rd August, we are sharing information and guidance from Rural Support on Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice for Farmers and Farming Families including money management and support services.

Change Your Mind - Challenging Stigma

From 10th to 16th August, we are sharing information and guidance from Change Your Mind on Challenging Stigma. Change Your Mind is Northern Ireland’s regional campaign to tackle stigma and discrimination around mental health. They are a grassroots campaign shaped by the collaboration of communities, organisations and individuals who are championing the message against mental health stigma across society.

StopCOVID NI contact tracing app

StopCOVID NI is a free health service app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Volunteering - It's good for body and soul

In today’s world people who are more active, feel valued, have a network of friends and are happy to participate in meaningful activities. Getting involved in volunteering can offer these benefits and more.

LGBT+ Wellbeing

This is the time of year when Pride celebrations are taking place so The Rainbow Project are focusing on LGBT+ Wellbeing this week. This week’s messages include, advice on maintaining connections, being safe at home and offer help and support.

Your Health and Wellbeing

From 27th July to 2nd August, we are sharing information and guidance from Spring Social Prescribing on the topic of Your Health and Wellbeing. Spring Social Prescribing are sharing tips and advice on maintaining connections, exercise, support and being kind to yourself and others.

Healthy Relationships

From 20th to 26th July, we are sharing information and guidance from Relate NI on the topic of Relationships. Healthy relationships have never been more important than right now. Relate NI share tips and advice on how to reduce the impact Covid has on you and your family.

5 tips for coping when you've got a mental health condition

From 13th to 19th July, we are sharing information and guidance from MindWise for people Living with Mental Ill-Health. Seaneen, MindWise Communications Manager, shares 5 tips for coping with the Covid-19 restrictions when you’re living with a mental health condition.

Parenting: Self-Help & Self-Care

From 6th to 12th July we are sharing information and guidance from Action Mental Health on the topic of 'Parenting: Self-Help & Self-Care', sharing tips and advice for parents and carers on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during this time with additional stresses in life.

Move with Mary

Age NI have teamed up with Lady Mary Peters to launch an exercise programme aimed specifically at keeping older people moving during the extended Covid-19 lockdown.

Looking After Your Mental Health

From 29th to 5th July we are sharing information and guidance from Aware on the topic of 'Looking After Your Mental Health', helping people recognise signs and symptoms of poor mental health and self-seeking advice.

5 tips for coping when you’ve got a mental health condition

Seaneen, Mindwise Communications Manager, shares 5 tips for coping with the Covid-19 restrictions when you’re living with a mental health condition.

Alcohol and Your Wellbeing

From 22nd to 28th June we are sharing information and guidance from Addiction NI on the topic of 'Alcohol and Your Wellbeing', looking at alcohol and sleep, how it affects children and emotions.

Government and charities join forces to support mental wellbeing

A new virtual wellbeing hub to promote positive mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched. The Department for Communities and the Department of Health have partnered with 15 leading mental and wellbeing health charities and the Healthy Living Centre Alliance representing 28 local Healthy Living Centres to focus on promoting mental health and wellbeing during and after the Covid-19 emergency.

COVID-19 A to Z

Community Development and Health Network have provided accurate and up to date information around Coronavirus (COVID-19) words and terms explained in plain English. Click on the link to read.

Stress Control Classes

As the NHS and HSE can’t deliver their Stress Control classes in the community just now, Dr Jim White will, instead, live-stream the classes, free-of-charge.



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