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Stephen Ferris says we should all 'Do One Thing' to improve our mental health

Published 05/10/2015

Aware (formerly Aware Defeat Depression) has launched its new DOT campaign with Ulster and Ireland rugby star, Stephen Ferris
Aware (formerly Aware Defeat Depression) has launched its new DOT campaign with Ulster and Ireland rugby star, Stephen Ferris

Aware, the charity for depression, has launched its new 'Do One Thing' campaign with former Ulster and Ireland rugby star, Stephen Ferris.

It encourages members of the public to Do One Thing they currently don’t do to improve their mental health - and it comes ahead of World Mental Health Day this Saturday (October 10).

These things can include being more active, eating healthier, talking about your feelings, keeping in touch with friends, family and loved ones, asking for help if you think you need it and practising mindfulness.

Aware is asking people to write about what they are doing on its Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #AWAREDOT

"Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why I am supporting this campaign from Aware," said Stephen Ferris.

"Many sports stars suffer from depression when recovering from an injury. They can go from being on this massive high, training and playing the game they love with friends every week, to all of a sudden being injured and not able to participate

" After my injury, I made sure that I took care of my mental health as I was very aware of quickly low mood could spiral into depression."

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