Mental Health Awareness
The ICA is keen to work in partnership with organisations that have similar values and aims. As mentioned above the Association is founded on the aim to develop and improve the standard of rural and urban life in Ireland. One of the most disturbing stigmas that still exist in Ireland today is that of talking about our Mental Health. Too many people suffer depression alone and in silence as they feel they have no-one to talk to and voice their feelings. There is still a belief in Ireland today that it is better to go to prison than a mental institution as the stigma is less.
See Change is an alliance of organisations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
Suicide or Survive (SOS) is an Irish charity focussed on breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues and ensuring that those affected have access to quality recovery services that are right for the individual.
We are working to build a society where people embrace their mental health wellness and those with difficulties are treated with dignity and respect, and experience a service that offers them hope, a safe place and a positive future. SOS is leading the way through active collaboration which we believe will drive positive social change.
Samaritans Ireland provides 24-hour emotional support to anyone struggling to cope.
Established in Ireland in 1962, there are now 20 Samaritans branches across Ireland with 2,188 active volunteers.