A number of our homegrown sports stars have backed a new video campaign to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) is marking the occasion by highlighting some of the varied initiatives it has supported which are being undertaken by numerous groups and organisations.
The aim is to promote the importance of talking about mental health, breaking down stigma and encouraging people to seek support by speaking to friends, family and local services.
The PHA is particularly focusing on projects that are addressing the issue by developing capacity from within the targeted communities. The projects also have the ability to have an impact on raising awareness of mental health within the wider community.
One of the initiatives is a mental health awareness video made by Everglow Health and Wellbeing group based in North Belfast.
It features high-profile young actors and sportspeople, to highlight the need to talk about mental health.
Participants in the awareness video include boxing champions Carl Frampton and Ryan Burnett, Irish Rugby internationals Jacob Stockdale and Rory Best, Tyrone GAA Captain Matthew Donnelly and Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley.
Actress Kerri Quinn, who’s currently starring in Coronation Street, HBO’s ‘The Pacific’ actor Martin McCann, and ‘Derry Girls’ actress Jamie Lee O’Donnell have also joined the initiative.
Matthew Caddell, chair of Everglow Health and Wellbeing said: “The motivation of the Everglow group is to positively impact the health and wellbeing of our community, irrespective of age, gender, orientation or creed, as we one in five people in Northern Ireland shows signs of a possible mental health problem.
“The video is a way to promote our messages – it’s ok not to be ok, and it’s ok to talk about your mental health and ask for help if you feel overwhelmed.
“We hope the video will be shared widely online and start conversations between friends and family about mental health. We were pleased to partner with a range of other organisations, to raise awareness about the support that is available for people.”
Check out the video for yourself: