Mental health charity and counselling service MyMind saw a record number of people coming to their doors for support this winter.
MyMind, which has centres in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, provided 1,798 appointments in November alone. This is compared to 1,226 appointments made by clients in the same month last year – a growth of almost 47%. In Dublin, 1,222 appointments were made by clients in November. MyMind provided 324 appointments in Cork and 239 in Limerick in the same month. An incredible 15,725 appointments have been made by MyMind clients so far this year.
Record Number Seek MyMind Charity Counselling. Pictued: Caesar Sugita, Carmen Bryce, Krystian Fikert, founder and CEO of MyMind, Tess Brady and Michelle O’Connor at the 10th Anniversary of MyMind Centre for Mental Wellbeing. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
MyMind CEO Krystian Fikert said, “Winter can be a difficult time for many of us. The shorter days and bad weather can really take its toll on our wellbeing. If you are feeling low, anxious, stressed or lonely, a seemingly neverending winter can make us feel worse and more isolated. We may feel completely spent by the end of a difficult year, and be ready to reach out for help before a new year begins.”
“Christmas is usually a time of happiness and family but it can be a very busy and stressful time of year that can be tough on your mental wellbeing,” said Mr Fikert. “At MyMind, we encourage everyone to talk about any feelings or issues they may be struggling with, either to a loved one or to a professional.”
Michelle O’Connor, manager of MyMind Limerick said, “The recent surge in appointments in Limerick has highlighted that work being done in the community around decreasing stigma associated with getting help for your mental health is working.
Record Number Seek MyMind Charity Counselling. Pictured at the launch of the Limerick office of MyMind were Orla McLoughlin, Deputy Mayor of Limerick; Krystian Fikert, founder and CEO of MyMind; Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Minister of State and Gerry Raleigh, Director of the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP). Photo: Paul Dorrell/ImageBureau
“Limerick this year has doubled its capacity in moving to a new centre and this move has enabled us to help more clients and provide accessible support for the Limerick community. We continue to ensure in Limerick we can provide an appointment with one of our therapists within a few days which is very important when you feel like speaking with a mental health professional may help your mental well being.”
“Limerick provides multilingual mental health support with a Polish and Romanian therapist on the team and also provides child and adolescent support which is a great resource for the community. The Limerick centre have also seen an increase in online bookings as the website is very user friendly meaning clients can view therapists in the Limerick centre and book with one that they feel would be best for them. This is very empowering for people that they can choose the professional that will support them through their difficulty,” said Michelle.
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