Minding Your Mood

Minding your mood –  where to go if you are in distress and links to relevant information points.

Many of us are still getting used to the disruption of our daily routines caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that have been introduced to help keep us all safe.

It’s normal to be worried or to feel stressed during this difficult time, but there are many things we can do to help us mind our mental health and wellbeing and to keep ourselves well.

For more support on minding your mental health during COVID-19, go to yourmentalhealth.ie .

Foroige’s You Matter Health & Well Being Resource

This Programme was designed to accompany the Video #YouMatter. It was created for Youth Groups to use as a tool to

(1) promote discussion,

(2) self-reflect,

(3) learn from their peers,

(4) learn some new facts and figures 

(5) to set personal health goals that contribute to making them fitter, healthier & happier.

A group may choose to do 1 activity or all!

Foroige’s You Matter Health & Well Being Resource (PDF)

Making a plan

During challenging times like this, having a plan that helps us stay busy and feel more in control of our time can be very beneficial.

Create a positivity plan for your week – ideas could include:

  • physical activity – even though the days are getting shorter and colder, getting outside and getting active is so important for our physical and mental wellbeing. Being outside helps to lower stress, reduce anxiety, and improve self-esteem
  • connecting with loved ones – staying connected with family and friends is really important for our mental wellbeing. It can be a lifeline for those shielding or isolating, to help ease worries and combat loneliness
  • doing something you enjoy – this could be something simple such as watching a movie or TV show, carving out some time to read or spend time in the garden. Perhaps to call a friend or spend time on a hobby. Whatever it is, having something to look forward to is a great way to help keep spirits up
  • taking time out to care for ourselves- with all that is going on around us, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Having some designated time to relax, or practising some breathing or relaxation techniques can help to keep us focused
  • getting up and getting dressed at your usual time will help to get the day off to a good start
  • try and make sure you and your family get enough sleep. Sleep is really important for your mental health and wellbeing and especially during these unsettling times. SpunOut have some great tips on getting better sleep here
  • eating well – sticking to normal mealtimes as much as possible will help to keep some structure on your day. Keep your meals as healthy as you can. Perhaps designate a day to do some batch cooking to ensure that you always have healthy nutritious meals to hand. You can see more great tips on eating well here
  • keep learning – Learning new things or developing new skills can really help build self confidence and improve self esteem, and depending on what you choose it can also help you get to know others with similar interests. Libraries Ireland have lots of courses that you can do for free
  • do something creative – creativity and pursuing creative interests has been shown to improve mental wellbeing. There are so many ways to be creative, from arts and crafts, to music, gardening, cooking, or writing
  • giving to others – helping others and participating in your community can be hugely beneficial to your own wellbeing, as well as those that you are helping. It can be something simple such as checking in with someone who may be vulnerable at this time, or volunteering in a more formal role. Check out Volunteer Ireland or your Local Authority for more information
  • download and print our weekly planner below to help you make your own plan to keep well

Week planner

Try this week planner to help you with some of the tips mentioned in the page above


Foróige Monaghan WellOige Programme

As part of the Foróige Monaghan WellOige Programme, aimed at promoting youth health and wellbeing, Truagh Foróige Club elected to focus on developing something that could benefit young people throughout the county.

The video can be found here on Truagh Foróige Club’s Facebook Page.  

Foroige’s YouMatter Health & Well Being Resource (PDF)

Cavan Monaghan Services:

The Cavan Monaghan Services website provides official listings of services for children, young people and families in Cavan and Monaghan. This includes information on health, mental health, education, disability, youth, childcare and other services.

The website’s development was supported by the Monaghan and Cavan Children and Young People’s Services Committee(CYPSC) which has membership from local statutory, community, and voluntary agencies in the region and it is operated and maintained by Cavan Monaghan CYPSC.

Go directly to https://www.cavanmonaghanservices.ie/ to find further information.

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.



  • 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).

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.


Stress Control Online Programme available for January, February and March:

The Programme is based on a limited timetable on stresscontrol.ie which starts today (Jan timetable attached). There are also resources available on that website such as information Booklets and Relaxation Mindfulness techniques. Stress Control is an evidenced based programme which teaches practical skills to deal with stress.


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.

Minding Your Wellbeing Programme

The Minding Your Wellbeing Programme aims to provide simple tools and guidance for people to develop and maintain a positive outlook by looking after their mental health and wellbeing. The new series of 5 online videos will make the Minding your Wellbeing programme more accessible to the public. They cover topics such as practicing self care, understanding our thoughts, exploring emotions, building positive relationships and improving our resilience.

The 5 videos are available on www.yourmentalhealth.ie  and on YouTube under HSE Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health Ireland