On World Mental Health Day, 2013, Together For You officially launched its services. The £3 million Big Lottery Fund project, led by Action Mental Health (AMH) in association with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, CRUSE, MindWise, Nexus, PraxisCare, Relate NI and The Rainbow Project, will promote mental health and wellbeing in Northern Ireland and provide a range of services in new and innovative ways.
This is the first time nine leading charities have come together for you to raise awareness of positive mental health, encourage early intervention and provide intensive support services for people experiencing mental ill-health.
Activities over the next three years will include working with mental health promotion in schools, activities that promote wellbeing in older people, campaigns to reduce the stigma and discrimination of mental health, suicide/self harm and bereavement support initiatives and improved psychological therapies.
Paul McAlee, who uses the services of Aware Defeat Depression, said:
“This is such an important step forward for those helping people who have a mental health illness and other vulnerabilities. It brings together so many key organisations who I hope will work closely together to provide me and others like me with a seamless transition through their services. There are a lot of people out there suffering in their local community and do not know where to get help. I hope that this partnership will reach out to those people.”
Joanne McDowell, the Big Lottery Fund’s Northern Ireland Director, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Together For You partnership to promote positive mental health in Northern Ireland.”
Joanne added: “We are excited that these organisations, all with a huge amount of experience in the field of mental health, have come together for the first time to deliver a programme of activity that will make a major difference to the lives of people across Northern Ireland.”
“We look forward to working with them and sharing the learning and best practice from this partnership.”
“From left to right, Siobhan Doherty, Aware Defeat Depression, Paul Collins, Praxiscare, Fiona Scullion, Mindwise; Dave Murphy, Relate NI, Julie Harrison, Big Lottery Fund Committee Member; Pam Hunter, Nexus NI; Anne Townsend, Cruse and Maire Grattan, Cause; help David Babington (Centre), CEO of Action Mental Health launch Together For You, the first ever partnership of mental health organisations in Northern Ireland which is coming together thanks to £3million from the Big Lottery Fund.”
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