A Mayo man’s powerful and inspirational video about mental health has made a big impact on social media over the May bank holiday weekend.
Ballina native, Levi Tierney, posted the video (watch below) on his social media accounts last Thursday evening.
The video was shot at a renowned suicide spot along the River Corrib in Galway city and in it Levi employs the striking analogy of still and racing waters to communicate a powerful message about the importance of looking after your mental health.
A son of Leo and Sue Tierney, Levi was educated at St Muredach’s College. He has operated a health and fitness centre, LT Fitness and Training, in Headford for the last decade and specialises in mindset and behaviour change.
Now a qualified behaviour change specialist, Levi also does a lot of public speaking and webinars on this subject and says the issue of poor mental health has spiralled in Ireland throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
He says self-care is a crucial tool to maintaining optimum mental health. He works with clients to make small changes to their lifestyles and routines with the aim of improving how they feel about themselves and thereby cope better with the stresses of everyday life.
Having recently lost his own best friend to suicide, Levi is more passionate than ever about communicating this message.
As a coordinator of Headford’s DIL he decided to record a special video in advance of the event which will take place virtually next Saturday, May 9.
“We need to be so careful about the coping mechanisms that we choose because if they are not right that is going to pull us further downstream to a place that we don’t want to be,” he says in the video and urges people to consider what new activity they can introduce into their lives to help them feel better.
“Small little tweaks can have really powerful results on our quality of life.
“And don’t forget, you can always come back upstream. No matter how hard things get, you can always come back.”
The video has been viewed over 23,000 times and has elicited a huge response.
Levi says he is pleased to have reached more people with his key, two-part message which is to reach out and access help if you are struggling for any reason and to work on your self-care habits on a daily basis.