Mental Health Awareness Week

23rd April 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Take 5 for Your Mental Health

Monday 13 May– Sunday 19 May 2024

There are lots of ways you can get together with friends and family this Mental Health Awareness Week to improve your mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing is an easy guide to 5 types of activities that we can all do to improve our mental health:

If you’re looking for inspiration there are lots of opportunities to Take 5 Steps to Wellbeing by participating in the Belfast 2024 programme of events taking place throughout the year.  All are free and can be found on the website

Here are some of the events taking place during Mental Health Week in May:

Water Works – Community Boatbuilding Workshops

  • Date: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, 11am to 2pm
  • Location: Drawing Offices, Titanic Hotel, Queens Road, BT3 9DT

A series of drop-in events open to all at the spectacular Drawing Office, Titanic Hotel, where the world’s most famous ocean liners were designed.   Have a go at constructing your own boat using recycled and biodegradable materials, boatbuilding tools and pop-up pools – all provided.  Add your own messages in bottles, try our temporary sailor-style tattoos, and enter your boat design in our drawing competitions, where there are some exciting prizes to be won!

Safari in the City – Meet Moreland’s Moths!

  • Saturday 18 May, 9am to 11am
  • Location: Lagan Towpath

Belfast’s has an array of astounding wildlife, we’re all familiar with colourful butterflies, but what if we told you that our moths are bigger and bolder than you’ve ever imagined! We’ll be installing moth traps through the Lagan Towpath and taking you on a journey of what we have found.  Find more information on the Wild Belfast website.

Little Amal May Queen Parade

  • Date: Saturday 18 May, 12.30pm
  • Location: Procession leaves Writers Square to City Hall at 12.30pm

Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child, will take a journey across our city to see the place we call home and make it her home for four days (16 – 19 May) as she explores our places and enjoys experiences with our people. Saturday’s procession will leave at 12.30pm moving along Donegal Street, Bridge Street, High Street and onto Donegal Place and then ending at City Hall. The best viewing points for the parade are on High Street/Donegal Place.  Rolling road closures will be in place between 11.40am and 1pm facilitated by the PSNI which will affect traffic flow in the city centre and bus routes. Please check with Translink for diversions.

For more information on the yearlong programme of free events for Belfast 2024 visit

Belfast Trust Health Improvement Team are also marking Mental Health Awareness Week with lunchtime walks for staff at Knockbracken and Musgrave sites during May.  Walks are around 20 minutes long and participants will receive some health and wellbeing freebies.  Click here for more information.

To find out more about Take 5 and the wider work of the Health Improvement Team visit our page here.