Northern Ireland Turns Purple for World Mental Health Day

This photo of Enniskillen Castle is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Queen’s University and Councils across Northern Ireland will shine a light on mental health this October, by illuminating a number of iconic buildings purple to show support for the thousands of people affected by mental illness across the region.

Taking place on World Mental Health Day on Monday 10th October, local residents across Northern Ireland can catch a glimpse of the colourful displays on the following buildings:

  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Antrim Civic Centre and Council Office
  • Ballyclare Town Hall
  • Craigavon Civic Centre
  • Derry City Council Offices and the Guildhall
  • Lagan Valley Island
  • Mossley Mill Council Office
  • Newtownards Town Hall
  • Newry Town Hall
  • Enniskillen Castle
  • Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
  • Palace Stables, Armagh
  • Old Technical Building, Banbridge

David Babington, Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, said:

“This year’s theme of World Mental Health day is focused on psychological first aid, which teaches people how to care for and respond to those in distress when experiencing a mental health crisis. For this reason, it’s vital that councils serve as a shining example of how to protect and integrate the people it represents by offering information, guidance and support to anyone who feels like they are struggling to cope.

“I’d like to thank the AMH Client Local Advisory Groups who contacted each of the councils to organise this activity and we are delighted that so many of them are joining in the World Mental Health Day celebrations as a result.

“By turning some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic buildings purple each council is showing support for the 1 in 4 people who will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.”




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