PSYCHED: Mental Health

LeisureWorld has received the PYSCHED Certificate Of Recognition

Claire Murphy: HR Manager of LeisureWorld accepting the certificate of recognition.

We at LeisureWorld are very proud and motivated to have received our certificate of recognition of our ongoing commitment to creating a mental health promoting workplace.

LeisureWorld is known for providing facilities that allow people to improve their physical health through gyms, pools and many other services on offer. But as an organisation we view mental and physical health as going hand in hand in the overall spectrum of health and take both very seriously when it comes to our employees and the general public.

As a company and a team, we are dedicated to promoting both mental and physical health to our employees across all sites. We are aware that one’s mental health can suffer at any stage in their life, just like physical health.

While the signs and symptoms of physical health are much more common and apparent, it is important to realise that the signs and symptoms of mental health are just as important for a person to be able to notice in themselves. Being open and talking about mental health in the workplace and in society in general is one way we can help.

What is PSYCHED?


PSYCHED is an initiative of Cork Healthy Cities. This collaboration comprises of the Health Services Executive (Health Promotion and Improvement, Health Action Zone and Mental Health Psychology Service in Cork) Cork City Council, University College Cork and community workplace partners. They want workplaces to get PSYCHED about mental health and wellbeing!

They have invited workplaces to get involved by sharing good practice, ideas and workplace initiatives that support the mental wellbeing of their staff.

The aims of PSYCHED are:

  1. To stimulate conversations in the workplace leading to a better understanding of mental health
  2. To encourage employers to engage with staff to promote and foster mental health in the workplace by setting goals for positive improvement
  3. To celebrate commitment, good practice and innovation in mental health promotion in the workplace through participation in the 2018 PSYCHED awards.


To promote better mental health in workplaces across Cork city, an initiative which we hope will result in more understanding and reduced stigma towards mental illness in our wider community.

Mental Health


Mental health is more than the absence of mental ill health but is something that everybody experiences over their lifetime. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a “state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

It is normal and natural to feel down at times. Problems you may encounter might range from general everyday worries or low periods in your life, to more serious long-term conditions. One in four of us will experience a mental health difficulty in our lifetime. Everyone is different and how we respond to mental health difficulties can vary from person to person.

Wellbeing may be compromised when negative and painful emotions are extreme or very long-lasting and interfere with the person’s ability to function in daily life. For some people it may be difficult to talk about mental health, but it can help to talk about how you are feeling. People you can talk to might include friends, family, counsellor a GP.