Western Trust supported World Mental Health Day 2014

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The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) again backed World Mental Health Day this year by highlighting the importance of resilience.

As part of the calendar of events supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to highlight World Suicide Prevention and World Mental Health Day, the Trust’s Health Improvement Department is hosting a number of resilience seminars in the local community. A very successful resilience seminar was held on Thursday, October 9 at the City Hotel, Derry.

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PLAQUE UNVEILING AT EBRINGTON. . . .Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan pictured with DOE Planning Chief Fiona McCandless and Mel Higgins, Chief Executive of ILEX unveiling a plaque at the Minister�"s new offices at Building 71 at the former Ebrington Barracks site on Wednesday afternoon. DER4114MC044

Marie Dunne, Health Improvement Department explains the importance of resilience she said: “Resilience is the ability to cope well and bounce back from the pressures and uncertainty that we all face from time to time in our lives. The good news is that although some people seem to be born with more resilience than others, those whose resilience is lower can learn how to boost their ability to cope, thrive and flourish when the going gets tough. Our resilience seminars offer a range of strategies that involve our behaviours, thoughts and actions. We all can create strategies to help increase resilience and promote our mental and emotional wellbeing.’’

Marie added: “We are all under increasing amounts of pressure both at work and in our personal lives. Some days we can cope well with a range of demands and at other times we can feel a bit overwhelmed and unable to cope. It is recognised that resilience can help individuals to identify and build on their inner resources in order to help them deal more effectively with stressful situations.”

The next resilience seminar is on 23 October 2014 from 7pm in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh. The event is open for anyone to attend. To book your place or to find out more about other forthcoming resilience seminars, please contact the Western Trust’s Health Improvement Department by Tel: 028 7186 5127 or email: health.improvement@westerntrust.hscni.net

A copy of the calendar of events is available on the Trust’s Western website: www.westerntrust.hscni.net and Facebook site.