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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is an important topic for everyone, particularly so for Irish people.

Evidence shows that Irish people are less likely to be referred for help by the GP and are more likely to reach mental health services through acute and emergency provision. Suicide remains a significant issue for the Irish community in London and rates do not appear to be reducing as they are in the wider population. Although somewhat dated now, there is evidence of long–term illness relating to common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety being prevalent among the Irish community.

There are numerous factors that can affect our mental health and wellbeing, many of which are also linked to physical ill health, including cultural influences, lifestyle choices and even the migration experience. However, unlike the majority of physical illnesses, the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is a real barrier that often prevents people seeking help and support.  

Irish in Britain aims to facilitate collaboration across the sector to lead to better understanding and more effective responses for our community through our Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter,.

Read Irish in Britain’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter here.

  • Tips on recognising some common signs of stress and how to manage stressful feelings HERE.

For support contact 

Samaritans Call 116 123 for free or 

icap London 020 7272 7906

James' Place - Men's suicide crisis support charity Workshop Recording

Highlighting the persistent high levels of suicide within the Irish community in Britain, particularly among Irish Travellers, remains a pressing concern. Despite positive trends in other populations, this community has not witnessed a decline in suicide rates for over three decades. Men, in particular, face a risk more than three times higher than women.

Addressing this critical issue is James’ Place, a charitable organisation providing crucial, free-of-charge life-saving support to men in the midst of a suicidal crisis. Operating centres in London, Liverpool, and Newcastle, James' Place offers proven and swift treatment in a welcoming, non-clinical environment. Trained professional therapists at these centers rapidly assess and plan care for individuals in suicidal crisis.

We were honoured to welcome Ellen O’Donoghue, Chief Executive Officer at James' Place, and Andy Noon, Head of Centre at James' Place Charity Liverpool as guest speakers at our recent webinar below. They shed light on the impactful work carried out by James' Place and how to utilise their services.