Celebrate World Mental Health Day – Host a Connect Café

World Mental Health Day takes place on the October 10th 2019, and the theme this year is Suicide Prevention.

Research shows there are simple things you can do as part of your daily life to protect and improve your mental health. Connecting is one of the ways you can do this.

This World Mental Health Day, Mental Health Ireland is encouraging you to Connect as one way to nurture and enhance your own mental health. We’re calling on you to connect with others across the country by hosting your own Connect Café.

·        When: October 10th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

·        Where: You choose your own location

·        How: Download your own Host your own Connect Cafe pack


The goal of the Connect Café is to open up conversations and strengthen the connection with yourself, with others and with your community.

Bring your very own Connect Café to your workplace, club, community or home, by downloading our step-by-step Guide here: Host your own Connect Cafe pack


For queries, please contact our Communications team: communications@mentalhealthireland.ie


Enjoy, and get connecting!

Bill Vaughan – Development Officer (Donegal)
Mental Health Ireland
Mental Health Ireland HQ
1-4 Adelaide Road
Co Dublin
01 284 1166
Local website: www.alive2thrive.ie

For mental health support and advice please call the Samaritans on their free phone number 116 123

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This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.


The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.


In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  


Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  


In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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