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AMH Celebrates in Portadown

AMH Celebrates Client Success in Craigavon and Banbridge


DSC_0114Today, family friends and supporters of Action Mental Health gathered in Portadown

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
Mo Sistas AMH New Horizons Foyle

#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!

Mo Sistas AMH New Horizons Foyle

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


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

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.


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


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!!!


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


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