To mark World Mental Health Day, a new interactive online programme called ‘Work Out’ has been launched. This is designed to help young men on the island of Ireland to improve their ‘mental fitness’. This website is the result of a partnership between Inspire Ireland, the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) and the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. It is one element of a bigger all-island initiative called the ‘Young Men and Suicide Project’ (funded by the DHSSPS, PHA, HSE and NOSP).
Work Out (www.workoutapp.ie) is free and easy to access. It is based upon a series of brief online interventions (called ‘Missions’) which utilise the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. During Work Out, young men are invited to:
- Register for an account.
- Take a comprehensive test to assess their strengths and weaknesses.
- Undertake a series of practical ‘Missions’ to improve their mental fitness.
- Use the online reports to check (at any time) how they are improving.
The Work Out programme addresses four main areas:
- Being Practical
- Building Confidence
- Taking Control
- Being a Team Player
It offers young men a standalone programme that they can access in their own time, and engage with on their own terms. They can choose as many, or as few, Missions as they wish to within each of the main areas focused upon.
For a PDF copy of the Press Release visit: www.mhfi.org/workoutpr.pdf