World Mental Health Day 2022

This year's theme for World Mental Health Day 2022 was 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.'

The Mental Health Champion, Professor Siobhan O'Neill, has been busy promoting mental health awareness for World Mental Health Day across NI. 

On Sunday, Professor O'Neill was on BBC Radio Ulster, Sunday with Steven Rainey speaking about World Mental Health Day, issues affecting NI and her role as Mental Health Champion:

That evening Professor O'Neill spoke to Stephen Nolan on his BBC Radio 5 Live show about the recent letter she sent to MLAs about the cost-of-living crisis and impact to mental health: 

You can read more about the letter to MLAs here.

On Monday, World Mental Health Day, Professor O'Neill spoke to Mark Patterson on BBC Radio Foyle about the recent tragedy in Cresslough and how communities deal with trauma: 

The Health Minister, Robin Swann, announced the new Regional Mental Health Service for NI and you can read more about the Mental Health Champions response to the news here.

image of a tweet from Professor Siobhan O'Neill about the Regional Mental Health Service

Professor O'Neill spent the morning of World Mental Health Day speaking at the launch of The Building Mental Health Alliance and then was invited by Survivors of Suicide to join their Mad Hatter's Tea Party with an opportunity to speak with the team and many of those in East Belfast affected by suicide. 

image of a tweet from Professor Siobhan O'Neill about her visit to the Survivors of Suicide Tea Party

On Tuesday, Professor O'Neill travelled to Dublin to chair the launch of 'AfterWords: A survey of people bereaved by suicide in Ireland' from HUGG Ireland and the National Suicide Research Foundation.

Find out more about the report here:

Professor Siobhan O'Neill at the launch of AfterWords