New Horizons helps Joanna help others

A client who has been passing on knowledge she has acquired at Action Mental Health has praised the courses and care which have helped her journey back to better mental health.

When Joanna Bower arrived at New Horizons she suffered from a lack of confidence in herself, something many people experience when they first arrive at Action Mental Health’s New Horizons Services.

From the outset, her apprehensiveness meant Joanna found attending classes difficult. But during the ensuing six months spent among people who can empathise with her journey through mental ill-health, she experienced a turnaround in her attitude to the service.

With the support and encouragement of New Horizons’ staff and other clients, Joanna took part in creative and personal development classes, recently also participating in Sign Language classes. Though she was very nervous about at the beginning, she has excelled at this new skill and has found it a wonderful tool to keep connected with her younger nieces and nephews via zoom, even teaching them the new communication system.

Since joining New Horizons, Joanna has grown in confidence and is learning more new skills with every passing week, reinforcing and supporting her recovery and journey to positive mental well-being.

AMH New Horizons activities are operated through the “Working it Out” project, which is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020, the Department for the Economy and the five NI Health & Social Care Trusts.

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