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Promote gang add a little colour to our lives amid Covid-19 crisis

AMH Promote – Action Mental Health’s service for adults with learning – is joining the global effort to brighten up our lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

The clients at the Bangor based service will be creating colourful rainbows to display in their windows, as over 100,000 budding young artists of all abilities across the world put their own artistic touches to the welcome colourful arcs in the sky.

The trend, thought to have originated in Italy, among one of the worst hit countries by Covid-19, has now reached the Promote gang in Bangor. It gathered momentum in the UK and Ireland following the recent closure of schools, following the example of rainbow makers around the world who are uniting on a Facebook page Believe In Rainbows, People are using the social media platform to share their versions of the symbol in a bid to spread a bit of joy amid the pandemic.

Paintings and coloured pictures of rainbows produced so far carry messages of hope and some even reflect the Government’s message on the spread of coronavirus: “Catch it, bin it, kill it”. Other messages have been found encouraging others to “Be kind,” “Stay Safe” and “Be positive”.

AMH Promote – Action Mental Health’s service for adults with learning – is joining the global effort to brighten up our lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

The clients at the Bangor based service will be creating colourful rainbows to display in their windows, as countless numbers of budding young artists of all abilities are painting and drawing across the world.

The trend, thought to have originated in Italy, which is among the first country to suffer the crippling effects of Covid-19, has now reached the Promote gang in Bangor. It gathered momentum in the UK and Ireland following the recent closure of schools.

Paintings and coloured pictures of rainbows carry messages like reflecting the Government’s message on the spread of coronavirus: “Catch it, bin it, kill it” as well as other messages urging people to “Be kind,” “Stay Safe” and “Be positive”.

Rainbow makers around the world are uniting on a Facebook page Believe In Rainbows, sharing their versions of the symbol in a bid to spread a bit of joy amid the pandemic.

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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

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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

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

Golfing at Lough Erne

The “Ryder Cup” has come to Fermanagh as Fermanagh New Horizons clients, staff and “Men’s Shedders” took part in golf lessons with the local pro at Lough Erne Golf Resort Academy.

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Novices and more experienced golfers alike got into the “swing” of things.

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Some balls were struck that cleanly we are still waiting for them to land, others were struck so wildly we are waiting for them to be found!!!

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Everyone shared the craic and the experience was brilliant, with numbers growing each week.

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A great learning experience which will be continuing to run for clients over the next few weeks in conjunction with Disability Sport NI.

Fly Fishing in Fermanagh

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Lucky clients at our New Horizons Service in Fermanagh had the opportunity to take part in a “pond dipping” and “fly fishing” course, delivered by Michael Shortt (a contributor to Trout & Salmon Magazine) and Mark Corps.

 

Clients were able to learn the theory about the life of the fish, the life of the fly and then the direct experience of seeing wildlife up close and personal at Mill Lough, Ballanaleck.

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It’s a “bugs life” and the group got the opportunity to dip for fly’s in the lake and learn how to recognise the different types and species of fly. Everyone got the opportunity to practice the skill of fly casting and confidence has continually grown over the past three weeks.

The group will get the opportunity in the coming weeks to put their skills to the test in a local fishery to catch trout!

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