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Protecting Your Mental Health


Click below for Take 5 self-assessment and more Take 5 info.


Sometimes it can be the simplest things that can help improve our mental health and build protective factors into our lives. There are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.  Try to build these into your daily life – think of them as your ‘five a day’ for wellbeing.

  1. Connect with the people around you
  2. Be active – walk, cycle, run or play
  3. Take notice of the world around you
  4. Keep learning or try something new
  5. Give – do something nice for someone else


Take 5 leaflets and posters (in English and 11 other languages)

Take 5 leaflets and posters can be ordered from Tel: 028 3756 4454/4459

Verve Craigavon Youtube Page

Self Help literature

Access a range  of evidence based self-help booklets online or in audio format to support  your self-care and help you in your care of others. Each booklet highlights relevant local and regional sources of  supports available.

Southern Health and Social Care Trust – Self Help Guides (

Read Yourself Well

Read yourself well is a partnership  initiative with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Public Health Agency and Libraries NI. Books are available in libraries across the southern  area  to help people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. These are available online or in hard copy  and see link to view broad range available

Read Yourself Well (

Southern Area Protect Life Implementation Group (SPLIG)

SPLIG is a multi-agency group with representatives from both the statutory and community and voluntary sectors. The primary purpose of the group is to ensure implementation of Protect Life 2, The Suicide Prevention Strategy for Northern Ireland (2019 -2024) at a local level. For more information on Protect Life, please click here. 

To view our local three-year action plan please click here.


The Self-Compassion Animation – ‘Getting to Know Your Brain: Understanding Stress and Self-Criticism’ developed by the Health Improvement Team in the Belfast Trust  is based upon the therapeutic modality of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and is designed as a tool to support how we approach and deal with stress.