Action Mental Health has held a celebration event and certificate presentation for those who have engaged with AMH New Horizons and SkillSET programmes at its Antrim service. It was the first such in-person celebration event since 2019, due to the pandemic.
The event featured a display of arts and crafts and there was music from the Men’s Shed group – The Shedders.
The event was hosted by John Davis, Service Manager, AMH New Horizons Antrim.
Speakers included Jacqui Armstrong, Assistant Director Mental Health Services, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, who also presented certificates to clients.
Also in attendance was Joy Hammond, Northern Health & Social Care Trust, Chris Moore and Paula Armstrong, Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, as well as Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, David Babington, AMH Board Member Billy Kohner, Audrey Allen, Director of Operations, AMH and Ingrid Gallen, Director of Business Support at AMH.
Clients who shared their personal testimonies on the day were Andrew, who took part in the SkillSET programme, Karolina, (New Horizons) and Alison, who is the lead for the Local Advisory Group, with each remarking how important Action Mental Health services had been to them. The event rounded off a week in which the Antrim service marked World Mental Health Day with an open day, plus the launch of their new Chatty Bench and the opening of their annual art exhibition at Clotworthy House.
The SkillSET Programme is funded by the UK Government through the Shared Prosperity Fund.