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Our mental health

Our mental health

Our mental health by Dara McLoughlin, was first runner up in the Inspire a generation film awards. The film explores what the term mental health means and how is important for everybody to maintain positive mental health.

Our mental health transcript

Our mind is key to running our entire body. Moving, thinking, feeling, living.

Yet many of us take our mental health for granted, believing we don’t need to handle our own mental health to live mentally well.

But as many as one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year.

Causes can vary from relationship issues to loss and grief. Bullying to sexual identity. Anxiety to depression.

If we choose not to face and deal with our issues, small issues can grow large, and big issues can become too hard to handle by yourself.

With any issue, we can feel self conscious about ourselves, and we don’t want others to see it. So we can hide ourselves away, allowing our problems to take root. Burying ourselves into an environment of isolation, loneliness, and hurt.

You are not alone though. There are many of us who are like you. There are people who were, and people who will be. There are many people out there who want to help you.

Good mental health is not about having no mental health problems, but it’s how we react and cope with difficult situations, by maintaining a positive outlook on life.

If you feel you need a helping hand, there are plenty of us there to reach out to.


Check out other entries

Winner – Danielle O’Connell’s Monsters in the Closet

Second runner up – Stephen Power’s Unfold

Highly commended – Beibhinn Delaney’s Self portrait

Highly commended – Karen Murphy’s A problem shared

Highly commended – Carmel Sayers’s My List

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