Today Big Lottery Fund has announced a £3m investment in mental health services across Northern Ireland looking at new and innovative ways to provide support.
The funding has been awarded to a consortium of eight partners who will work together for the first time to provide a range of vital services under a joint partnership.
The Together 4 You project is being led by Action Mental Health (AMH) in association with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, CRUSE, MindWise, Nexus, PraxisCare and Relate NI, who will work together to promote mental health and well being in Northern Ireland.
The partnership will raise awareness of positive mental health and encourage early intervention and provide intensive support services for people experiencing mental ill health.
For the first time, a co-ordinated and joined up approach across the eight organisations will support activities in each of the five Health and Social Care Trust areas.
Activities over the next three years will include working with school mental health promotion, activities that promote well being in older people, campaigns to reduce the stigma and discrimination of mental health, suicide/self harm and bereavement support initiatives and improved psychological therapies.
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 eight 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 across Northern Ireland.”
“We look forward to working with them and sharing the learning and best practice from this partnership.”