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Minding your head

Your mental health is important. It helps you to feel good about yourself and cope well with the everyday pressures of life.

Minding Your Head has information on how to protect your mental and emotional wellbeing and the issues that can affect it, eg anxiety or depression. It also contains information on the local services that can offer help and support.

Early warning signs

Five steps to mental wellbeing

What can affect mental health

Many factors can affect your mental health. Find out more about the issues, including: alcohol; bereavement; drugs; money worries; relationships and stress.

Why it helps to talk

If you're feeling low, it helps to talk to someone you trust, eg, a friend or family doctor. Talking is the first step in the recovery process and with appropriate help, people who have experienced feelings of anxiety or despair can, and do, go on to recover.

View the TV ad 'Fog' that shows when you're feeling low and you open up and talk to someone you trust, you will begin to feel better.

Journeys to recovery

View the TV ad 'Boxer' that focuses on the importance of openness and discussion as the first step to recovery if you're feeling low.

Read the inspiring story of Grainne's journey to recovery

Where to find help

If you need help, talk to your GP. There are also lots of services near you that offer help and support on a range of issues which can affect mental health.

Find services in your area


Lifeline is a crisis response helpline service operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you’re in distress or despair, you can call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000 and talk to an experienced counsellor in confidence.

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Mind your head: a student guide to healthy minds in healthy bodies

Mind your head: a student guide to healthy minds in healthy bodies