Mental & Emotional Well-being and Suicide Prevention(Small Grants Scheme 2014-15)

27 08 2014


 mental health

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified non-recurring funding to address the themes of Suicide Prevention, Self- Harm, Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being and have commissioned North Antrim Community Network and Causeway Rural and Urban Network to facilitate this process.

 As such the North Antrim Community Network and Causeway Rural and Urban Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.

 Grants are available at the level of £1,000 per project.  Applications may be considered for more strategic projects over £1,000 limit dependent on evidence of need and availability of resources. 

 GRANT SCHEME RE-OPENS 26th August 2014 and  CLOSES 19th September 2014 @ 12 noon

PLEASE NOTE: Any organisation previously funded within this year of 2014-15 are not eligible to apply.

 Training Directories for the Northern Area (available on request)

 For further details please contact:

Amanda Elliott , North Antrim Community Network & Causeway Rural & Urban Network, Old School House, 25 Mill Street ,Cushendall,BT44 0RR

02821772100 / 07740282650

Remove the stigma of Mental illness and work towards earlier intervention

13 10 2012

Speaking after attending a seminar last week as part of World Mental Health Day, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said he is more convinced now than ever that the negative stigma which many people attach to mental health is a major barrier to the individual sufferer’s health and quality of life. The stigma deters individuals particularly young people from seeking help in the early stages of the illness, preventing them from engaging in everyday social activities, and reduces their access to employment opportunities.

 “The message has to get out there  most people with mental illness do get better and that those people with enduring mental ill-health can enjoy a good quality of life.”

Everyone including mental health professionals and advocates need to work to highlight good practice and to encourage early intervention. Removing society’s stigma will help towards the detection and treatment of a psychotic mental illness during the critical early phases.

Delays in treatment and support can cause distress, increase the risk of relapse and can be harmful for the individual and their friends/family/carers. Early treatment has been shown to improve the long-term course of psychosis.

The longer mental illness is left untreated; the impact of an individual’s life including their relationships, studies and employment may be greatly disrupted. This can apply at the critical stages of a young person’s life, adolescence and young adulthood when they are making plans for their career and future. Being able to treat psychosis early greatly increases the person’s odds of being able to enjoy a healthy and productive future.

Mental Health Patients need better services

1 03 2012

Dónal Cunningham has called for more attention to be paid to the provision made for mental health patients. The Ballycastle SDLP Councillor made the call after have been contacted by a number of patients who voiced many concerns about the level of service they are receiving.
One of the main causes of concern is the lack of continuation of care with patients often seen by differing locums and trainees from appointment to appointment. In another area of concern patients are asking for addiction services to have their own dedicated services as many patients feel vulnerable and uncomfortable in open and shared waiting rooms.

Mental health is an important and growing issue which needs priority, at least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life, we must have services which supports their care.

Solas – helping to shed light on mental health issues

28 02 2012

Speaking following attending a talk given by Conor McCaffrey a counsellor specialising in suicide prevention and abuse and addiction issues, Ballycastle SDLP Dónal Cunningham called for more information to be made available to the general public. Attitudes to mental health and alcohol addiction need to be taken more seriously. This was a very informative talk and it was great to see such a good attendance.

Paying tribute to the organisers Solas he said “Solas is a newly formed community group established to support individuals, families and the wider community to gain greater awareness and understanding of mental health issues and to provide signposting to professional services, training and therapies to encourage and support positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.”

Their work supports those wishing to
– Increase their awareness of mental health issues
– Raise their awareness of support services
– Support those experiencing emotional distress and those affected by suicide
– Actively reduce or prevent suicide and self harm
– Promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing

They need volunteers who care enough to offer their time, talents and insight to help build our vision and support our communities.

They are a wonderful group and deserve all our support.