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Clare Youth Service encourages young people to talk

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WITH World Mental Health Day upon us, Clare Youth Service is encouraging young people across the county to talk to those closest to them about their mental wellbeing.

Youth Work Manager Brian McManus said that Clare youths consistently identify mental health as an issue that’s important to them and he urged them to find someone they can talk to when things get tough.

“If there’s any message at all is if you do have some of these stresses is to stop, take a breath and then to go and talk to somebody. That’s the key message. There’s got to be someone out there that you can talk to,” he added.

Brian also encouraged young people to take preventative measures to look after their wellbeing, rather than leaving it until it becomes a problem.

One way of doing this is to try the “five a day” method, which consists of connecting with people, accepting yourself, being active, being creative and giving something back to those around you.

“Those five things would be very useful in terms of getting yourself to keep your mental health in good shape rather than letting it become something which is an anxious problem afterwards,” Brian added.

If you need to talk, call the Samaritans on 065-6829777

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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