How communities have the power to make change this World Mental Health Month

An interactive campaign this October aimed at protecting and improving mental health in communities, schools and workplaces in County Cork and around the country, is being led by Mental Health Ireland. World Mental Health Month takes place this October and October 10th marks World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day provides the opportunity to raise awareness about global mental health issues and creates the opportunity for people to call for action and advocate for change in mental health. Every conversation has the power to create a ripple to make positive change for mental health in Ireland.

Every year the World Federation for Mental Health sets a theme for World Mental Health Day and the 2023 theme is ‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’. The theme highlights that all people have the right to the highest standards of mental health and provides an opportunity to have courageous conversations and connect with others. It’s also a chance to talk about mental health, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to get help if you are struggling.  

Mental Health Ireland is bringing this global campaign to Irish communities with a programme of events and workshops around the country, as well as free digital resources and toolkits.   

Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland, said, “Each October during World Mental Health Month, we want to celebrate communities across Ireland – how Irish people support one another, and all the small things we do every day to look after our own and each other’s mental health. We also want to highlight the need for continuous investment to improve mental health awareness, services and access to support nationally.   

“We know that mental health is a universal human right and that every person living in Ireland and across the world has the right to good mental health so that people and communities can thrive. However, some people face more barriers than others to good mental health and it’s important to work together to knock down these barriers.

“Every community in Ireland has the power to make positive change and every small conversation with friends, family and colleagues can have a ripple effect on important decisions being made about mental health.”   

To get involved and support mental health this October, visit