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Putting A Face On Mental Health

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Da Silly Story

Over 20 years of experiencing mental illness and the stigma attached, ignited an idea from us to develop a unique concept, that we truly believe can take Mental Health Advocacy to the level it needs to be at.

Our goal is to spark a movement of Advocacy which will help to create environments of understanding and empathy. A stigma free society is key to allow ambition, productivity and creativity to flourish.

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“Da Silly Heads are a breath of fresh air! Their events, advocacy, and apparel support people to stand up and send the message that
“Stigma is Silly”

Don O’Leary, Director,
Cork Life Centre

Meet Our Silly Heads

Da Silly Heads was created in 2018 on the back an envelope in a bid to create representations of our diagnosis and experiences through mental illness. Four Silly Heads represent Anxiety, Depression, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), and Bipolar disorder, with the fifth character, brain, representing us - individuals fighting back against Silly Heads. They not only tell our story in a very engaging way, but now carry the labels often attached to us as individuals living or experiencing a mental health condition.

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Advocacy Apparel Range

Our advocacy apparel range is designed to give people an opportunity to visually advocate for mental health, within their communities and beyond.

Advocate Stories

Hear from some of our amazing advocates!

Advocate Story

Dean Oke

Hey Reader! My name is Dean Oke and I believe that the Da Silly Heads is the best thing ever. It is so comforting to…
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September 29, 2020
Advocate Story

Naoise O’Shea

When Dan and Michal wanted to start off Da Silly Heads they called on the Social Care groups to help them out for their debut…
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September 29, 2020
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Supports

We all need a helping hand from time to time. Make contact with your GP should you require support.

Below you will see additional information and resources to help us all with our mental wellbeing.

- PIETA HOUSE

Free 24-Hour Support. Talk to a therapist now. We know that no two people are exactly the same, and that no-one else will have gone through the exact same things that you have.

Text Help to 51444 Call now on 1800 247 247

Pieta.ie

- SAMARITANS

Call us any time, day or night. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Call free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ie

Samaritans.org

- CORK COUNSELLING SERVICES

We are currently offering phone counselling in place of face-to-face counselling and are responding to people in isolation, on the front-line or in crisis.
Where ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference.
Mon-Thur 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
Evening appointments by request. Support Line and Support Mail are both available seven days a week and the Support & Self Care Groups take place weekly nationwide.

Simply call 083-0777998

CorkCounsellingServices.ie

- CHILDLINE

Talking Makes Us Stronger. Childline is always here for every child and young person. You don’t have to have a problem to talk to Childline.

Free Phone 1800 66 66 66 or Free Text 50101

Childline.ie

- ALONE

Supporting older people to age at home. Supporting & Befriending. CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE FOR ELDERLY – 0818 222 024 – 8am -8pm

CALL 0818 222 024

Alone.ie

- WOMEN’S AID

24 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK. Listening
Believing
Supporting

1800 341 900 National Freephone Helpline

WomensAid.ie

- MENS AID IRELAND

Confidential Support Service. Call Our National Helpline On:

01-5543811 or email hello@mensaid.ie
MensAid.ie

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