Mental Health

5 Simple Steps for Mental Well-Being


Our relationships with other people are fundamental to our sense of wellbeing and happiness. Our close relationships with family and friends can yield love, support and a sense of meaning in our lives. Our wider social networks create in us a sense of belonging. So it makes sense that we work on strengthening our relationships and on making new connections.

For example, talking with others should be an everyday event. Conversations don’t have to be all about the difficulties. We need to tell one other about the enjoyable events too.

Knowing when to disconnect is vital too. Being fully present in the company we are in, without the distraction of phones, tablets and other devices, helps to deepen our sense of connection. The ever-growing number of ways in which we can connect with one another means that we are in danger of privileging the quantity of our connections over their quality.

What helps you to grow healthy connections with people in your life?

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Experts have shown that exercising releases endorphins in our brains that make us feel good. Being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym, competing in triathlons or wearing Lycra.

There are many ways to build activity into our daily lives and it’s about discovering something we enjoy doing and then building it into our routine.

Engaging in exercise can present us with opportunities to meet new people, to engender a sense of belonging, to give us a much-needed break from a stressful day and, above all, to make us feel good about ourselves. Regular exercise is also linked to better sleep which, in turn, is important for helping us to maintain good mental health.

Which ways of being active do you enjoy?

3. BE AWARE(of yourself and your surroundings)

We can all get caught up in the relentless busy-ness of modern life. We can become intoxicated with the chatter of the mind. How often are we mind-full as opposed to mindful? Taking a few moments to focus our awareness on what is going on within us and what is going on in nature around us can work wonders for our mental health.

It can free us up, even briefly, from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It can help us get more out of our day- to-day lives.

What do you notice about where you are and how you feel right now?


Accept you for who you are. Try not to wish you were someone else. Everyone is unique, try
some of these tips for accepting yourself. Embrace your uniqueness. Remind yourself that everyone is different so try not to compare yourself or your life to others around you.


Doing good is good for us. Helping others makes us feel needed and valued; it can reinforce social connectedness and give us a sense of purpose – not to mention the benefits for those we help and the wider benefit to communities by contributing to a more compassionate society.

Giving ranges from simple, spontaneous acts such as paying a compliment or holding open a door to more structured and significant commitments such as volunteering.

What have you done recently to make someone happy or to help others?

Mental Health Contacts

The KYSS Youth Health Service aims to provide advice, guidance and support to people with concerns about the well-being of any young person in our community.

KYSS – Youth Health Support Services
Contact Hours
9:00am – 1:00pm
1:30pm – 5:00pm
12:00pm – 4:00pm
  4:30pm – 8:00pm
10:00am – 1:00pm
 1:30pm –  3:30pm



+353 (0)21 431 0591


+353 (0)1 873 3500

1890 927 277

HSE Info line

1850 241 850


24hr service for under18s Online and text service available too

1800 66 66 66


24hr service for under18s Online and text service available too

+353 (0)21 450 9588

MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service)

Open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm

1890 283438

Cork Counseling Centre

+353 (0)21 427 4951

Youth Counseling Service, YMCA

+353 (0)21 427 0187

Cork Youth Information Centre

+353 (0)21 427 0187

West Cork Youth Information Centre

+353 (0)23 884 4009


Irish Youth Health Information



Cork Foyer

+353 (0)21 428 8524

Liberty Street House

+353 (0)21 492 1728


HSE National Counseling Service

1800 235 234

+353 (0)21 486 1360

Harbour Counseling Service

1800 234 116

National 24 Hour Helpline

For victims of rape and sexual abuse

1800 778 888


Connect is a free adult phone counseling service

1800 477 477

One in Four

Sexual Abuse – From Surviving to Living

+353 (0)1 662 4070


Gamblers Anonymous

+353 (0)87 285 9552


Drugs and Alcohol Information


About Beat the Blues Online 

Aware has designed this online programme to help young people aged 15-18 learn new ways to deal with concerns and challenges in life. It uses an approach based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which focuses on thinking and behaviour.

Back to Aware Programmes for Teenagers menu>>

Three key ideas that we introduce in the programme are:

  • How and why the same situation can affect each of us differently.
  • A tool called The Coping Triangle (Hayes 2006, 2011) that we can use in different situations in life to help us: acknowledge our feelings, become aware of whether our thoughts, beliefs and actions are helpful or not, and focus on what we can do to feel better.
  • The importance of building coping skills and resilience.

About your volunteer supporter

Each participant in the Beat the Blues Online programme is assigned a volunteer supporter for four weeks. Your supporter is there to acknowledge any programme content that you choose to share, to encourage you throughout the four modules and to answer any questions you might have about the programme content. The volunteer supporter is trained by Aware.

Note: If you are over 18 please do not login into this programme as you will be taking the place of a young person aged 15-18. Instead you can find out about our Life Skills Online programme here>>



Who is the programme aimed at?

The programme is aimed at teenagers aged 15-18 who would like to learn more about ‘how we think’ and how this can influence our behaviour in helpful or unhelpful ways.

How many modules are there?

There are four modules and we suggest participants work on one per week for four consecutive weeks. As your supporter is only assigned for four weeks we encourage you to take a look at all four modules over this period in case you have any questions for your supporter. However you will have access to the programme content indefinitely so you can take as much time as you need to work through the four modules.

Will I have to discuss personal issues and problems?

You do not have to disclose any personal details or information. The programme is designed so that you can choose to share content such as journal entries, exercises and other feedback with your supporter – the reason for sharing content is so that you can get the most out of the programme and the supported opportunity.

The programme is really about helping you learn skills and tips that you can apply to concerns you may be having in life. The volunteer supporters on the programme are not counsellors, so it is really important that, if you are struggling with significant things in your life and are maybe feeling very sad as a result or feeling overwhelmed, that you talk to someone about it, be that a parent, trusted adult or older sibling. The supporter on this programme will review your shared content once a week, so we encourage you to reach out to someone sooner if you are particularly struggling – so that you can get help and begin to feel better. If you are sharing content, please read Aware’s limits to confidentiality* carefully first.

Is this programme only for teenagers aged 15- 18 years?
Yes, only teenagers aged 15-18 may take part in Aware’s Beat the Blues Online programme. Anyone over 18 can read more about our Life Skills Online programme here >>

*Limits to Aware Confidentiality

This means that confidentiality is guaranteed for all content shared when engaging with the Beat the Blues Online programme except:

  • Where a person has immediate plans to self-harm or plans to harm others.
  • Where there is information that a child is at risk of, or has in the past been subjected to, harm/abuse/neglect.

Aware’s confidentiality policy is in line with best practice and ‘Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children’, (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2011).



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