Aoife Ni Chonchuir, Healthy Cities, and Sharon Parkinson, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement as a new mental health and wellbeing resource booklet for adults was launched. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Mental health resource launched

“We want to promote the concepts of hope and recovery, as well as reminding ourselves that we all need to care for our mental health.”

Those were the words of Martin Ryan, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention as a comprehensive and accessible booklet was launched which aims to support adults mental health and wellbeing in Cork city and county.

Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, health promotion and Healthy Cities partners, have come together to compile the booklet.

Over the last number of months the team worked collectively to make sure the booklet was not full of jargon and it had practical positive approach to mental health and wellbeing.

The booklet forms part of a wider conversation normalising mental health and helps to support those within all groups in our communities.

Martin Ryan, Resource officer for Suicide Prevention thanked the diverse team involved in creating and developing this booklet specifically Teresa McElhinne, Senior Health Promotion Officer, and Aoife Ni Chonchuir, Health Promotion Officer, along with their on-going dedication.

He also thanked Cork Healthy Cities and Klaudia Jankovic for their support and input in the creation of this booklet.

Martin added: “We want to promote the concepts of hope and recovery, as well as reminding ourselves that we all need to care for our mental health. There are huge benefits to our overall wellbeing by keeping physically and mentally healthy and there are many supports available to help us to do that.”

Martin explained it’s important that everyone is aware of the supports available to them in their community, city and county and encouraged everyone to seek a copy or down load from the to have a free copy.

With up to 100 services highlighted, there is something useful for everybody to get engaged or to understand where to seek help.

Kevin Morrison, Acting Head of Service for Mental Health said: “This mental health and wellbeing resource booklet is a great example of the collaborative work across disciplines to promote the importance of good mental health. It underpins the concept of what we all can do to support our own mental health and wellbeing.

“This booklet also highlights the list of supports that are available throughout the year and crisis numbers that are available 24/7.

“We in the HSE are delighted to support this resource to ensure that the general public are aware of the diversity of support services available across Cork and Kerry,” he added.