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Unwind Your Mind Book Project

Tuesday, 30th November 2010 at 12am

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20 November 2010

I want to ask your support for my Unwind Your Mind book Project which is asking celebrities and non-celebrities to come together and share five things which help them feel good. (Like the mental health equivalent of your 5-a-day)

The aim is to break down the stigma associated with mental health problems and to show that everyone goes through a tough time at some stage.

The project will do this by bringing the focus back to mental wellness and the things that make you feel good. A percentage of the money raised will go to a suicide prevention charity.

A recent study into mental health attitudes in Ireland found while 94% of people in Ireland feel that mental health problems can affect anyone, one in two people would not want anyone to know they had a problem. I believe this is because when people talk about mental health they focus on the illness aspect of it, adding to the stigma.

We often hear about the importance of instilling the 5-a-day into our diet for our physical health, we want to introduce the same concept for your mental health.

My goal is straightforward albeit challenging. I want to raise money for suicide prevention by focussing on the positive aspects of mental health. Tackling the stigma associated with mental health problems will not happen overnight.

However, this project has the potential to affect change, and encourage people to focus on mental wellness and not mental illness.

So what can you do?

1. Discuss five things which are always guaranteed to make you feel better during times of stress.  (minimum of 250 words)

2. Write a ‘Love Letter’ to yourself full of affirmations and inspiration which you can keep to read when you feel down and are in need of support (minimum of 250 words)

It will only take a few minutes of your time, but your impact will be far-reaching.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Marie Duffy



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