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Positive Mental Health

Little things is a new mental health and wellbeing social marketing campaign from the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention, and created in partnership with over 20 partner organisations.

The campaign is aiming to make people aware of the little things that can help improve your mental health. The campaign was launched today and has three messages to share. They want to increase the number of people who believe and know that the following are true:

  • We all experience life’s storms – the day to day dips that are an ordinary, everyday part of life
  • There are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel, and how you cope
  • You can find out more about the #littlethings and about mental wellbeing on, or call the Samaritans on 116123 for a listening ear.

In order to help promote this campaign, Una, Alan and Robert have shared their experiences to help others. You can watch them below:

Alan's Story

Una's story

Robert's story


The campaign also sees the launch of the new and improved, which has lots of resources for people struggling with their mental health but also includes an interactive map with support services nationwide.

So, what are the #littlethings? The #littlethings are acts of self-care that are proven to help us feel better and get through tough times. This is about you finding what works for you.

What can I do?

These are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to mental health and wellbeing:

   Keeping Active

Being active every day, something as simple as a walk, is proven to have a positive impact on your mood and effective in treating conditions like depression.

   Talking about your problems
Problems feel smaller when they are shared with others, without having to be solved or fixed. Just talking about it will do you good.

  Doing things with others
Taking part in a group activity that you enjoy is proven to have a positive impact on how you feel, be it a game of football, joining a choir, volunteering.

  Eating healthily
A regular healthy, balanced and nutritious diet will help both your physical, but also your mental health, and have a positive impact on how you feel.

  Staying in touch

Catching up with friends and family is good for our mental health, reminding us that we’re part of a community, and having a positive impact on how we feel.

  Drinking less alcohol
For the average Irish drinker, reducing alcohol will have a positive impact on their health and mental wellbeing, making it easier to cope with day to day difficulties and anxieties.

  Looking out for others

Lending an ear to someone else in trouble, or catching up with someone who seems distant, can change their day, or their lives. You don’t have to fix it for them - just listening is a huge help.

  Sleeping well
Getting a good night’s sleep of 7 or 8 hours, as often as you can, will have a positive impact on how you feel.  Protect your sleep if you can, it will do you good.

Where can I go?

To see the #littlethings that work for others, and to share the little things that work for you, see the @littlethingshub on Twitter and Facebook at

To watch the Una, Robert and Alan’s #littlethings films visit, where you will also find a comprehensive national support service listing, in addition to wellbeing and support tools and information. 






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