Great Big Purple Picnic 2020

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Great Big Purple Picnic

Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May


Action Mental Health’s ‘Great Big Purple Picnic’ is back for year 3!

Between 18th and 24th May 2020, we need your support. By hosting your very own ‘Great Big Purple Picnic’ you will not only be helping us to raise awareness of positive mental health in Northern Ireland, but you will also be raising vital funds to support our work across the country. Most of all though, we want you to have a little bit of fun while doing it!

What’s it all about?

Looking after our mental health is something we all need to think about. Our focus for the Great Big Purple Picnic is quite simply about giving people a way to improve their knowledge of positive mental health and also a way to improve their mental well-being. By hosting a Great Big Purple Picnic, you and your guests will be actively engaging in the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’*.

  • Connect - It’s a great way of getting together with friends and colleagues for a fun event.
  • Be active - Northern Ireland is packed full of beautiful places to host a picnic - you and your guests could plan to take a walk in the surroundings after you’ve all had something to eat, or hike to one of our many scenic spots and enjoy the view while you tuck into your picnic.
  • Take notice - By getting out and enjoying yourself with friends and colleagues you can take time out to just enjoy the moment. It is widely recognised that being aware of what is taking place in the present can have a real benefit to your well-being.
  • Keep learning - We all know that having a healthy balanced diet is good for you. As part of the Great Big Purple Picnic, we’re challenging participants to improve their knowledge by thinking of healthy foods that you can have at your picnic. Too many sugary snacks can have a really bad impact on your overall health and well-being. Pack your picnic full of healthy, nutritional options. Remember healthy body, healthy mind.
  • Give - Action Mental Health’s core aims are to change the lives of those living with mental ill-health and to promote resilience and well-being to future generations. We need the support of the local community to help achieve these aims. By collecting donations from your guests, you can help raise vital funds to support our work across Northern Ireland.

*The Five Ways to Well-Being was developed by New Economics Foundation. It is a set of evidence-based actions designed to improve personal well-being.


Sign up today to receive your free fundraising kit and do your bit in tackling mental health in Northern Ireland. Pick a date, let your friends and family know and get that shrimp on the barbie!


Thank you for #TakingActionOnMentalHealth

*Pictured here with one of our families is Great Big Purple picnic Ambassador Chef Stephen Jeffers of Forestside Cookery School who whipped up some scrumptious picnic treats!!

Pictured here with our families is Great Big Purple picnic Ambassador Chef Steven Jeffers of Forestside Cookery School

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