Blue Monday Is A Myth, Mental Illness Isn’t

‘Blue Monday’ is a term first coined by a British travel company in 2005. Since then the third Monday of every January has been labelled as the most depressing day of the year.

The idea was invented as a marketing ploy to encourage people to book holidays, as a way to escape the January blues – but there is no science to back it up.

“What is important, is not to trivialize depression.”

Highfield Healthcare’s Consultant Psychiatrist Miriam Kennedy joined Pat Kenny on his Newstalk programme on the Monday 15th of January; 2018’s ‘Blue Monday’.

Listen back to their discussion of the ‘Blue Monday’ myth, mental illness in Ireland and the importance of looking after your mental health.

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If you would like to learn more about Highfield Healthcare’s supports for those dealing with mental illness, below you will find a video explaining our newest Day Hospital service.

Forest Therapy at Highfield Healthcare

One of the great things about the campus here at Highfield Healthcare are the beautiful grounds. You might be surprised to hear that the wonderfully tended flora surrounding our building are in use for Forest Therapy with some of our service-users.

Forest Therapy falls under the umbrella of Ecotherapy, which is an evidence based intervention in mental health; the practice of spending time in forested areas to enhance health, wellness, and happiness.

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Nursing Homes Week 2017

As proud members of the Nursing Homes Ireland community, Highfield Healthcare was delighted to celebrate National Nursing Homes Week from the 29th May to the 5th June 2017.

It was a week full to the brim with events and activities for residents, family members and Highfield Healthcare staff alike.

A huge thank you goes out to all those who helped to organise and participated in a joyful seven days promoting and celebrating happy and healthy nursing home life.

We hope you enjoy looking back on the events of the week in the photographs below.

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Green Ribbon Campaign 2017 #TimeToTalk

Here at Highfield Healthcare we were delighted to get involved with the month long national Green Ribbon Campaign to get people talking openly about mental health problems in May 2017. As providers of acute and specialist mental health in Dublin since 1825, we fully support the mission to end the stigma that remains around mental health issues in Ireland.

 

Our launch was held on the 19th of May, National #TimeToTalk day, where our Clinical Director Andrew Eustace spoke of the ways we can all improve and maintain our mental health. Dr. Andrew emphasized the importance of relationships with friends and keeping physically active in tackling life’s daily stresses.

 

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Twitter Q&A With Psychiatrists

Yesterday Highfield Healthcare’s very own Dr Miriam Kennedy was a guest of Near FM‘s Lifeline.  As part of mental health awareness month, Dr Miriam was live on air to promote the Green Ribbon Twitter Q&A she will be participating in tomorrow evening alongside Dr Jennifer Hoblyn.

Listen back to the segment by clicking here.

Twitter Q&A With Psychiatrists 

At 7pm on the 31st of May, the two consultant psychiatrists are taking over the @GreenRibbonIRL twitter account to engage with people about mental health recovery and psychiatry. To get involved all you need to do is tweet using the hashtag #AskPsych.

Taking place on the very last day of Green Ribbon Month 2017, it is more important than ever to encourage the national conversation around mental health, so if you have any questions you would like answered now don’t hesitate to join in.

 

 

You are invited to our GP Educational Evening

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Hampstead Clinic Services

(General Adult Acute Mental Health Services)

You are invited to our GP Educational Evening

(ICGP 2 CPD points approved)

Theme: Specialist Help for Depression without Inpatient Admission
(a Holistic Multidisciplinary Approach – Partnering with Primary Care)

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