Join in the ‘Great Big Purple Picnic’ and help raise funds for Action Mental Health

Ethan and Nicole Craigan tuck into their Great Big Purple Picnic to help raise funds for Action Mental Health.

Northern Ireland’s leading mental health charity is inviting everyone to join in its annual Northern Ireland-wide picnic event in May.

Action Mental Health is asking people to host a Great Big Purple Picnic to help mark Mental Health Awareness Week from 13th to 19th May and wants schools, businesses, community groups, families and friends to get their picnic hampers out and join in the fundraising fun.

The Great Big Purple Picnic is one of the many initiatives organised by AMH to help raise awareness of positive mental health and also raise vital funds to help support their work across Northern Ireland. Most of all AMH wants you to have a bit of fun while you’re doing it.

The focus for the Great Big Purple Picnic is quite simply about giving people a way to improve their knowledge of positive mental health and also a way to improve their mental well-being.

By hosting your very own Great Big Purple Picnic you and your guests will be actively engaging in the Five Ways to Well-being: connecting with those around you; being active, by choosing one of Northern Ireland’s picturesque settings to host your picnic and combining it was a nice walk; taking notice, by just taking time out to enjoy the moment; keep learning, by thinking of healthy food options for your picnic to help maintain a healthy body for a healthy mind; and by giving the funds you raise to AMH which aims to change the lives of those living with mental ill-health and promote resilience and wellbeing to future generations.

All you have to do is to choose a date, a venue – indoors or outdoors, in the garden, at home, school or work – and then invite your friends to your Great Big Purple Picnic. But don’t forget to think purple: whether it’s purple bunting, purple picnic blankets, purple wigs or purple drinks, it’s up to you!

You can download a fundraising and information pack on or request one by emailing [email protected] or by calling 028 9182 8494.

Action Mental Health board member Angela Craigan, Partner at Harbinson Mulholland, joins her husband Paul and their children Nicole and Ethan for a Great Big Purple Picnic.

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