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Useful Contacts for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

08 June 2011

Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Mental and Emotional Wellbeing


A new guide of contacts for mental and emotional wellbeing has been published by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

Francis Rice, Director of Mental Health and Disability Services at the Trust, says, “This guide contains 200 telephone numbers of statutory, community and voluntary organisations which offer support, counselling or advice on a range of issues. The telephone numbers have been classified under 21 categories including relationships, bereavement, abuse, addiction, benefits advice, and suicide and self harm prevention.”

The Protect Life Strategy is the Government’s suicide and self harm prevention plan and involves all Departments at the Assembly, and a range of community and voluntary groups. The Southern Trust’s Protect Life Coordinator is Nuala Quinn who is based in the Promoting Wellbeing Team in Armagh. Nuala adds, “This guide complements the other Protect Life information available to the general public. The campaign includes bus shelter, television and radio advertisements directing those in distress or despair to the Lifeline Helpline 0808 808 8000. There are six walk-in resource centres in Banbridge, Dungannon, Kilkeel, Lurgan, Newry, Portadown which can signpost individuals to self-help guides and information resources.”

Dympna Maguire, who manages the Protect Life Resource Centre based in PIPS Newry and Mourne, says, “This pocket size guide is a great resource and has a comprehensive listing for those people who need confidential guidance or just a listening ear on a range of matters that can affect people at any time in their life. There are listings for carers, children and young people, families, older people, and minority ethnic groups.”

The guide is available from libraries, health centres, GPs’ surgeries and the Southern Trust website at www.southerntrust.hscni.ni


For further information contact Lisa Cartmill,

Email: lisa.cartmill@southerntrust.hscni.net

Communications Manager, on (028) 3861 2579


Notes to Editor


Think Family Project: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has funded a Mental Health and Children’s Services Project for a three-year period, to focus on improving joint working based on a family centred model of service delivery. The aim of this project is to improve the outcomes for parents with mental health illness and their families by establishing a ‘think child, think parent, think family’ model to service planning and delivery.

Lifelineis the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service and website resource for people who are experiencing distress or despair:

        Lifeline Helpline: 0808 808 8000

        Lifeline Helpline Website: www.lifelinehelpline.info


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