This Reboot Republic Podcast brings back our mental health panel to discuss how lockdown two is impacting on people, particularly children and youth, with Mark Smyth, the President of the Psychological Society of Ireland and Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Fiona Coyle, CEO of Mental Health Reform, and Ciara O Connor Walsh, Director of Lust for Life. They make the case for mental health experts to be included in national level decision making on COVID, and a mental health strategy to look at how people are being affected and what needs to be done to actually support people’s mental health through COVID. Useful advice is given for how you can mind yourself and mind others – such as sitting with others through their difficulty – showing empathy, kindness and also acting in solidarity. We discuss how now is the time for social activism – take action to help others, which in turn helps yourself and changes society – a win win! check out UPLIFT for ways to take action, or Alone.ie and the Mental Health Reform website for organisations to help out with.
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HSE advice on minding your mental health during COVID can be found at https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/covid-19/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
If you feel overwhelmed – you should contact your GP and make an appointment to speak about how your feeling Reach out to some of supports available in your own community by logging on to http://youmentalhealth.ie or by calling the freephone 24/7 HSE mental health directory 1800 111 888
If you are in crisis, contact your GP, go to A&E, call the Samaritans anytime on 116 123 or Pieta House on 1800 247 247 A full list of supports can be found https://www2.hse.ie/services/mental-health-supports-and-services-during-coronavirus/
If you are already involved with mental health services, you should reach out to your community mental health team to get support.