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‘Taking the Elephant out of the Room’

Mental illness remains the ‘elephant in the room’, whether at home, work or school. It’s an issue that we are aware of but choose to avoid talking about. Here at Action Mental Health we want to take the elephant out the room, encouraging people to discuss their mental health, this Christmas.

Today is #GivingTuesday – a global campaign to encourage giving on the second Tuesday in December. But you don’t have to give money, you could give your time, your goodwill, or you could give us a tweet…

Today we launch our anti-stigma campaign with our very own AMH elephant touring iconic places in Belfast to raise awareness and get people talking.

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When you share our elephant using the hashtag #ElephantInTheRoom you will show you care about the wellness of others and demonstrate that you are a safe place to talk about mental illness without fear of being judged.

Our elephant also needs a name! Tweet us your suggestions to @amhNI and we will pick a winner.

If you would like to donate your money as well as your time this #GivingTuesday you can do so securely online at www.justgiving.com/actionmentalhealth

Or Text: MIND17 and the amount to 70070 i.e. MIND17 £1 to 70070

AMH Celebrates in Portadown

AMH Celebrates Client Success in Craigavon and Banbridge

 

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Today, family friends and supporters of local charity Action Mental Health (AMH) gathered in Portadown Town Hall to celebrate the many achievements of clients in the last year.

Mayor of Craigavon, Mr Colin McCusker and Joanne McConville, Primary Healthcare Manager at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust were in attendance to listen to clients’ “Roots to Recovery” personal stories.

The special guests stayed to present certificates to clients for a range of OCNs and NVQs in personal wellbeing, employment, computer skills, domestic cooking skills and horticulture.

Throughout the year, clients of AMH’s New Horizon’s service also benefitted from a range of non-accredited personal and wellbeing activities from oil painting and jewellery making to sports like Boccia and Football.

The Mayor congratulated staff and clients on their success.

 

The staff from AMH New Horizons Craigavon & Banbridge
The staff from AMH New Horizons Craigavon & Banbridge
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Richard and Ken’s “Wee Walk” for AMH

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Local men Richard Simms and Ken Strang are trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal to raise funds for both Action Mental Health and the Child Heartbeat Trust.

Humorously and humbly entitled their “Wee Walk In The Hills”, Richard and Ken are trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. It will take them 10 days trekking to reach Base Camp at a height of 5,600 metres, where there is only 50% of the oxygen compared to sea level.

The two men will walk among 4 out of the 6 tallest mountains in the world. Including the return trek, Richard and Ken will be walking for 17 days in total.

They say they’ll need ‘a shower and a shave afterwards but it will all have been worth it.’

Richard told us he chose AMH to benefit from his fundraising challenge because:

“Having seen people very close to me suffer from mental health issues I feel very strongly about supporting charities that raise the awareness of mental health and help others in similar circumstances.”

If you would like to support these two brave men raising vital funds for mental health services in Northern Ireland, visit their Justgiving page here.

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#Movember at AMH

Movember is the largest global men’s health charity with campaigns in 21 countries. The message asks men (known as Mo Bros, supported by female Mo Sistas)) to grow a moustache for the 30 days of November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

Originally campaigning to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer, In the UK they have just announced their third funded program area – a commitment to invest £2.5million in men’s mental health initiatives.

Mental health issues clearly affect both men and woman but when you look at it from a male perspective the statistics are quite shocking. Movember 2015 will be applying a male lens on men’s mental health issues, with the aim of being better able to support men in seeking help and treatment earlier.

Teams of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will take part in services and projects across AMH in Northern Ireland. including the Mo Sistas (below) supporting their male colleagues in our New Horizons service, Foyle!

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You can support Team AMH at http://moteam.co/team-amh-movember or get involved yourself at www.movember.com

Mind Your Business in Newry

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AMH New Horizons Newry hosted an employment conference as part of their week of events to mark World Mental Health Day 2014.

“Mind Your Business” in the Canal Court Hotel (8th October) provided managers and business owners with guidance on how to support their staff’s mental wellbeing, as well as providing an overview of the law surrounding these issues.

Guest speakers from a range of partner and expert organisations came together to help local employers better manage mental health to improve employee welfare, corporate responsibility and productivity.

Tanya Kennedy from Business in the Community opened the conference by highlighting that corporate responsibility is good business. Employers can achieve this by creating time and space to talk to employees and show a genuine interest in them.

Dr Maggie McGurgan from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland reaffirmed the fact that a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body, that there is no health without mental health. Employers were reminded of discrimination links – we don’t tolerate casual racism/sexism yet derogatory terms are still used about mental health.

The Law Centre NI’s Daire Murphy gave an overview of mental health and employment law while Barbara Cullen of the Labour Relations Agency explained how their organisation can assist employers with issues and questions.

The Labour Relations Agency also gave positive feedback on their work with Action Mental Health’s employer training arm AMH Works, particularly around the reduction in stress-related absence rates.

Dwyer Gorman of local employer Allstate NI also talked about the benefits they had seen since engaging with AMH Works’ services and shared the positive outcomes for one employee, who was able to return to work with the support of an AMG Employment Support Officer through the government funded Workable programme.

Final guest speaker, Janet Heath of the Housing Executive NI, gave guidance on managing work related stress and how to prevent “psychological hazards” in the workplace.

AMH thanks all their guest speakers for sharing advice and experiences on this important issue.

You can contact AMH Works for more information on the support available for employers here.

Conference presentations can be downloaded below.

Dr Maggie McGurgan PowerPoint

Daire Murphy Presentation

Dwyer Gorman Presentation

Janet Heath Presentation

Tanya Kennedy Presentation

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Newry Employers “Mind Your Business”

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AMH are holding an employment conference in Newry as part of their week of of events to mark World Mental Health Day.

“Mind Your Business” in the Canal Court Hotel on Wednesday 8th October will provide managers and business owners with guidance on how to support their staff’s mental wellbeing and create a culture which enables staff to remain productive, as well as providing an overview of the law surrounding these issues.

Corporate resilience is essential for businesses and services to survive and grow. To strengthen corporate resilience requires strengthening the resilience of the workforce, together with ensuring the cultural environment for the workforce clearly links the wellbeing of individuals to their performance and the performance of the organisation as a whole.

AMH’s Chief Executive David Babington explains;

“Stress and depression are at the highest levels they have ever been, and this is causing huge problems both to individual employees and the organisations they work for. Last year alone, mental health cost the Northern Ireland Economy £790 million. Mental health problems are also one of the largest contributing factors to long term absenteeism. Many individuals and organisations are facing uncertainty, job cuts and a period of great change, and against this background, keeping people engaged and performing well, can seem like an uphill battle.”

This year key note speakers include representatives of HSENI, The Law Centre, The Labour Relations Agency, Allstate Northern Ireland, Business in the Community, a Clinical Psychologist and Action Mental Health.

The event will take place on Wednesday 8th October 10am – 1pm at Canal Court Hotel, Newry. Places cost £30 per delegate and include lunch. Book your place online at w

www.amh.eventbrite.co.uk or call 028 9182 8494