HSE Press Release: Thursday 10th October, 2019
World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2019
Large spike in traffic to YourMentalHealth.ie - 822,204 visits in the last 12 months
Are you or someone close to you struggling? Find information on supports & services at www.yourmentalhealth.ie or call the information line on 1800 742 444
Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mr Jim Daly, TD, and the HSE are calling on people today (10 October 2019) World Mental Health Day, to be more mindful of their own mental health and the mental health of those around them.
The message is to stay informed about the supports and services available from the HSE and its funded partners around the country.
This time last year the redeveloped YourMentalHealth.ie was launched. There has been a significant spike in traffic to the website in the last 12 months. Page views increased by 34%, while the number of people finding the site via organic search (Google) has increased by 93%.
Using a personalised search function, the website provides information on mental health supports and services in the Republic of Ireland including; online resources, telephone and face-to-face services relevant to a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and stress. The top 3 visited pages feature content on symptoms relating to anxiety, bipolar disorder and clinical depression.
The redevelopment of the website is one of a number of digital mental health initiatives developed by the HSE over the past year aimed at increasing accessibility to mental health information, support and services. In another development, the recruitment of volunteers for a new national text based active listening service is well underway. The service will be launched later this year.
In addition, an evaluation of the potential for the broader use of online counselling, internet based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programmes and remote psychiatric consultations is well advanced.
Reflecting on the progress made in the last year Minster Daly today stated:
“The focus over the last year has been to improve accessibility to mental health supports and services through technology and we’ve seen some great progress with the initiatives I outlined last year especially in the area of counselling online and tele-pyschiatry. This week, in conjunction with the National Ambulance Service, we also initiated a new information phone line for mental health supports and services which will be rolled out nationwide next month. My priority has been to continue to remove barriers to how people can stay informed about, and access the supports and services that are available to them and I am looking forward to seeing more of these digital innovations make a real difference to the people that need them the most.”
Mr Jim Ryan, HSE Assistant National Director for Mental Health Operations added:
“It’s important that we all make efforts to maintain our mental health, not just today but every day. We know things like talking to a friend, getting enough sleep and getting outside for some activity can make a huge difference. This year we are encouraging people to take notice of their own mental health but also to be aware of those around them. Starting a simple conversation can have a massive impact on someone who may be struggling. There is a wealth of information on YourMentaHealth.ie. We encourage anyone who is concerned about their own or mental health or the mental health of someone they care about to visit the website to learn more”.
For more information please visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie
Last updated on: 10 / 10 / 2019