A Healthy Mind
A Healthy Mind
Mental health is something we all have. It can be good at times, and at times it can be a challenge, because sometimes life is hard. We should try to look after our mental health in the same way we look after our physical health.
It’s easy to see when something’s wrong with us physically. But what about our mental health? If people don’t notice you’ve got a problem, they’re not going to offer to help.
Whatever your worry, there is always something you can do to feel better. The most important thing is to talk to someone. Whether that’s to a professional, family member, or a friend. There are lots of places you can turn to for support, including BeLonG To. Check out some of these places to find help here.
If you aren’t feeling good, here are some things you can do to give yourself a lift:
Celebrate yourself: Many of us find it easy to be hard on ourselves, instead of celebrating all the unique things that make us brilliant! Take a moment each day to say something nice to yourself.
Keep talking: Sharing what’s going on for you can help you look at things from a different perspective, and find solutions to worries or challenges.
Get physical: Looking after your body helps your mind stay strong. Exercise when you can, sleep 8 hours a night, and avoid misusing alcohol and drugs.
Take time out: Each day, do one thing you enjoy. It could be dancing to your favourite song, meeting up with friends, or going for a walk in the park.
Get involved: Think about joining an LGBTI+ youth group or learning a new skill that involves other people.
Eat well: What you eat has a surprising effect on how you feel. So if it’s a choice between a burger or a smoothie…go for the smoothie!
Stay in touch with friends: Friends are important, so it’s good to keep in contact. Friends matter most when you’re not feeling so great. So send a message and ask your friends to hang out.
Don’t ignore your worries: If you’re feeling stressed or worried, blocking it out with alcohol or distractions isn’t the solution. Find someone to talk things over with and you’re half way to fixing the problem.
Ask for help: Everyone needs a dig-out. Asking for help in tough times is a sign of strength.
Talk to someone: Last but not least – talk about it! When you’re feeling low, talking about how you feel will help. Talk to someone you trust and if you feel there is nobody to talk to, you can talk to us at BeLonG To or call a helpline such as:
- LGBT Helpline: call 1890 929 539 or visit www.lgbt.ie
- Samaritans: call 1850 609 090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Childline: call 1800 666 666 or visit www.childline.ie
- Pieta House: call 1800 247 247 or visit http://www.pieta.ie/