Looking After Your Mental Health


Healthy Monaghan supports Men’s Health week (MHW)

Today’s focus Healthy Hearts


Would you know the symptoms of a heart attack?

During Covid-19, admissions for heart attacks and other cardiac conditions significantly fell. However, heart disease had not gone away – there was simply a drop in the number of people seeking help.


Did you know that two out of three men experience slow onset symptoms? … This means that symptoms can be irregular and mild, becoming more continuous and intense in the weeks, days and hours leading up to a heart attack.


During #MensHealthWeek 2020, take the first steps towards protecting yourself. Know the symptoms of a heart attack and stay safe. Start #RestoringTheBalance







Prevention is better than cure. During #MensHealthWeek start #RestoringTheBalance and take practical steps to look after your heart health! Begin by visiting: https://irishheart.ie/your-health/ways-to-live-better


Please find details below on a range of upcoming initiatives including:

  • Community Support Clinics scheduled in Tullacmongan Resource Centre, Cavan every Friday morning in June, with staff available from HSE Psychology and Tusla/Teach Oscail Family Support (by appointment only)
  • A number of webinars taking place over the coming weeks;
  • Information on the next online schedule for stress control;
  • Details on the Clár funding scheme and finally;
  • A lovely invitation from Miffy to connect and chill in her virtual cafe


Stress Control is an evidenced based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress.

Don’t miss the last run this summer of the HSE’s successful Stress Control programme! The free on-line programme has already been completed by approximately 10,000 people in Ireland. Go to stresscontrol.ie to take part.

The programme covers topics including:

·       how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts,
·       skills to overcome panicky feelings,
·       and tips to getting a good night’s sleep.

This programme includes six modules which will be broadcast at scheduled times for 3 weeks. Modules will be broadcast on Mondays (repeated Tuesdays) and Thursdays (repeated Fridays), with each module running at 2pm and again at 8.30pm.

Go to stresscontrol.ie and subscribe at no cost to the YouTube channel so you will be updated when the next module will be broadcast.

At this very challenging time Stress Control is a proven and effective way to improve mental wellbeing for staff and the public. You may wish to share the information about this programme with your family and friends to encourage their participation. We know that there are lots of people experiencing stress at the moment, in many different ways, these include people of all ages, healthcare staff, parents, carers, young people and many more. Please share details of the programme with your colleagues and networks.

Please also note the Healthcare Worker Helpline 1850 420 420.

Join the conversation on social media @HsehealthW at #StressControlIrl

A new text based mental health service funded by the HSE has launched.
‘50808’ is a first of its kind for Ireland, a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis. Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. The aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future.

From breakups or bullying, to anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, our Crisis Volunteers are available 24/7 for anonymous text conversations. Our aim is to provide immediate support in the short term and connect people to resources that will help them in the future.


  • Monaghan Age Friendly Interview Your Grandparents.  Monaghan Age Friendly programme has put together “Interview your Grandparents” to help put a bit of fun into the family chats. We forget our parents and grandparents had busy fun lives long before they were parents and grandparents. This is a lovely opportunity to get to know them that little bit better. We know not everyone is lucky enough to have grandparents in their lives, you can interview anyone in your family or neighbourhood who might enjoy it.


  • It’s Good to Talk:  A joint venture with Monaghan Age Friendly programme and Monaghan GAA county board, Monaghan GAA players are reaching out to isolated older people giving them a quick call to chat about GAA.


  • Monaghan Museum – Recording Our Experiences:  Recording Our Experience – Monaghan County Museum are collecting images and stories from the community on their experiences during the Covid 19 Pandemic. These images and stories will go into the museum collection and will form part of an exhibition on this challenging and historic time in our county’s history.  Simply email them to comuseum@monaghancoco.ie


  • Heritage Happenings:  Heritage Happenings is a daily series about our local cultural and natural heritage.  A new snippet is published each day to stimulate curiosity for our local places during this time of social distancing and cocooning.  Topics so far have included spy-windows to sphagnum moss, forged gates to first fruits gothic, hilly placenames to historic graveyards.  It is published online on the Monaghan County Council website, Monaghan Heritage Forum Facebook page and promoted via twitter.



Information and support for Parents and Young People                                                                                                   

In the current circumstances of Covid-19, face-to-face supports are hard to access but community supports and services are still operating. In the Monaghan area, this includes the following supports and services which can be accessed by phone or online:

Local Supports available to you:

  • HSE Primary Care Psychology – phone 047 30429 (Monaghan Office) for information. Referrals are accepted from your GP.
  • HSE Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services – this service is accessed via GP referral.
  • HSE Adult Mental Health Services – this service is accessed via GP referral.
  • Pieta House Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer – contact Kathryn on 085 870 6591.
  • Pieta House Crisis Counselling Service – contact Grainne on 090 6424 111.
  • ISPCC Monaghan Childline Therapeutic Support Service – contact Audrey on 087 360 3742 or email audrey.rabbitte@ispcc.ie.
  • Youth Work Irelandhttps://www.facebook.com/ywimonaghan1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ywi_cm/ or Snapchat: bouncebackys
  • Cavan Monaghan Rainbow Youth – contact Barry on 087 219 3904, @CAMrainbowyouth
  • Teach na Daoine Counselling Service, Oriel Way Monaghan – contact Packie on 087 925 4565 or email info@teachnadaoine.com
  • Clones Family Resource Centre, Clones– contact Angela on 086 178 5710.
  • SOSAD Carrickmacross, Call 042 966 8992 086 045 9168 24 hours a day, 7 days per week or email sosadcarrick@gmail.com
  • Tusla Prevention Partnership & Family Support, Monaghan – contact Charlene on 042 979 5623.

You can also call your GP or Doc on Call on 1850 777 911, or if you are really concerned, go to the Emergency Department in Cavan General Hospital.

National supports available:

  • Contact Samaritans 116 123 (24/7 helpline for all ages)
  • Pieta House 1800 247 247 (24/7 helpline for all ages)
  • Crisis Text Line, Text TALK to 086 1800 280 (24/7 text service for young people aged 13 – 35)
  • ISPCC Childline, 1800 66 66 66 or free text to 50101 (24/7 helpline for young people up to 18 years)
  • ISPCC Teenline, 1800 833 634 (free 24/7 helpline for young people up to 18 years).


Online supports:


 Sources of helpful information online:






Mental Health and Wellbeing Supports

Stress Control Online – May dates

Mental Health Ireland have a number of resources and information available through their website and social media on educational wellbeing programmes




Monaghan CYPSC through interagency co-ordination and collaboration work achieve the best outcomes for all children and young people in the area.



Invitation to Participate in Global Project Investigating Loneliness & Isolation and COVID-19A number of our partner organisations are collaborating on a global study looking at ‘Coping with Loneliness, Isolation and Covid-19’ (CLIC). The study is being undertaken by a group of International academic researchers who are part of the International Loneliness and Isolation research NetworK (I-LINK).

Click here to undertake the survey. Click here to read more about the study and those involved.


Wellbeing “In This Together”  – Our wellbeing campaign continues to give mental health and wellbeing advice across the country. New videos have been added in the last 2 weeks and include:

1. Staying Healthy and Keeping Well: Patrick Reilly, Traveller Mental Health Worker, Pavee Point.

2. Your wellbeing (Romanian language): Rares-Mihai Nicula, Roma Project Officer, Dublin City Community Co-op.

See videos here: Healthy Ireland You Tube Channel


Living with Dementia in Times of COVID – 19 – Shaping Inclusive Communities Together
– You are invited to join Dementia: Understand Together’s first Virtual Partner Event on July 8th from 10.00 – 11.00am. Speakers will include:

·         Emer Begley, Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office and Chair of the Dementia: Understand Together Working Group

·         Maire-Ann Doyle and Susan Crampton members of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network

·         Kevin Quaid, Vice Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group

You can register here until July 6th.  Feel free to share this invitation with others. Everyone can make a difference in the lives of people with dementia and their families.