It’s time to talk about mental health…

According to research conducted by Pieta House, Ireland has the highest rate of female youth suicide and the second highest rate of male youth suicide in the EU.

Nothing affects a family like the death of a child; the emotional trauma and pain inflicted by this type of loss lasts for many years, and may never fully dissipate.

To say this is something that needs to change is a huge understatement.

That’s why in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on October 10th, Pieta House have teamed up with iconic Irish tea maker Lyons, and together they’re saying it’s #Timetotalk.

#Timetotalk

Many a problem has been solved at the kitchen table over a cup of tea.

#Timetotalk encourages families to put the kettle on this World Mental Health Day, brew some tea, grab some biscuits and have a serious chat about mental health.

Without communication, it’s virtually impossible to know what someone close to you is thinking or feeling, which is why this discussion is so important.

To help you start the conversation with your loved ones, Lyons is producing specially marked Pieta House packs of Lyons Original Blend 80s during October.

And for every box of tea purchased, Lyons will donate 10c to Pieta House, a great cause.

World Mental Health Day 2017

To mark World Mental Health Day in Ireland this year, iRadio’s ‘The Hub’ with Dave Duke will be broadcast live from 9pm at 56 Central, 5 Shop Street, Galway City on October 10th.

A stellar line up of special guest speakers will be appearing on the show, sharing their own personal stories and providing helpful tips on how to deal with mental health issues, including:

  • David Burke, Galway hurler.
  • Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family.
  • Donal Vaughan, Mayo footballer.
  • Joe Caslin, renowned street artist and illustrator.
  • Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan, who bravely spoke about her anxiety while on stage at the Rose of Tralee.
  • Fiona Kennedy, award-winning mental health blogger at sunnyspellsandscatteredshowers.org
  • Dr Malie Coyne, clinical psychologist and NUI Galway lecturer.

And most excitingly of all, Irish music acts Fallen Lights and  Stephanie Rainey will be performing live on the show!

World Mental Health Day is very close to the hearts of Fallen Lights, after they only recently embarked on an epic tour across all 32 counties to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.

You can check out some of Stephanie’s work below, it’s safe to say it’s going to be an amazing evening!

And you can be a part of it!

Simply register your details below, and you’ll be at 56  Central in Galway for World Mental Health Day.

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

For more info on #TimetoTalk and World Mental Health Day on October 10th, head to Lyonstea/timetotalk or to Worldmentalhealthday.

If you have been affected by the contents of this article, please contact Pieta House on 1800 247 247.