Healthy Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland.
The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have been developing a mental wellbeing campaign aimed at offering support and resources, to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many people.
The campaign which is hosted on gov.ie points people to the HSE's Mental Health supports and resources which include many online and telephone services, as well as providing tips and advice from cross-Government and Healthy Ireland partners on topics such as physical activity, parenting, coping with daily routines, supporting the "cocooned" and getting involved in the community solidarity efforts.
Below please see three important information sheets about the Coronavirus:
- Coccooning (Information Sheet, .pdf)
- Getting Ready to Go to the Test Centre (Visual Guide for Children, .pdf)
- Getting Ready to Go to the Test Drive In Centre (Visual Guide for Children, .pdf)
Resources put together by Dementia: Understand Together to support people with dementia and their carers during this COVID-19 health crisis.
At Home activities (pdf)
Resources Hub (pdf)
Healthy Ireland at Your Library
Public libraries are currently delivering the nationwide Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme that will establish libraries as a valuable source within the community for health information.
Funding granted by Healthy Ireland has enhanced health and wellbeing book collections (digital and hardcopy), and provided for staff training, events, and promotion.
The Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme will continue to build on this and contribute to improving the health, wellbeing, and overall quality of life of communities and individuals at all life stages
Healthy Ireland at Your Library Services
Healthy Ireland at Your Library offers the following resources and services to library users in every branch in the country.
A comprehensive collection of books on health and wellbeing will be available in all public libraries.
New e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines will be accessible in every library and by remote access.
Health information services
Trained staff will be able to provide information guidance and direction to users with health and wellbeing queries and promote health awareness in the community.
Branding and Promotion
National and local campaigns, promotional materials including roll-up banners and bookmarks, and online promotion through the Libraries Ireland website and social media.
Programmes and events
Talks, discussions and workshops with a focus on physical health, mental health and health literacy.
Training sessions for each local authority will build the knowledge and skills of library staff to meet user needs for health information and to respond confidently to user requests and provide direction to relevant health resources.
A core collection of books to support Healthy Ireland at Your Library is available in every library in the country.