New PHA campaign urges people to talk about thoughts and feelings
The Public Health Agency has launched a new campaign encouraging anyone with feelings of anxiety or distress, or who is in crisis, to start the conversation about their thoughts and feelings.
The `Talking really helps' campaign on TV, radio, social media, outdoor, print and digital advertising, encourages anyone feeling low and struggling to cope to talk to someone they trust and not to hide their feelings.
The TV adverts show people putting on a brave face when talking to others but then reveals their true feelings when on their own and they are not fine or they can barely cope, and how through speaking to someone, they can feel better.
The campaign also promotes Lifeline, the free 24/7 crisis helpline and encourages anyone in distress or despair to call the helpline and speak to a qualified counsellor.
Fiona Teague, Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead at the PHA, said: "Suicide is preventable, it is not inevitable and suicide and self-harm affect all ages and walks of life.
"Through this new campaign, we would encourage anyone experiencing difficulty with their mental health and wellbeing to try to open up to someone," she said.
"It really will help and with the right help and support, things can get better".
Ms Teague said the Lifeline service and its experienced crisis counsellors are "invaluable to our communities".
"The service is available day and night and is there for people through whatever crisis they are experiencing, to help get them to a better and safer place," she said.
Further information is available at www.pha.site/TalkingReallyHelps