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The Mental Health Forum serves the Southern Health & Social Care Trust area and has its office base in Newry. We are proud to be a peer-led organisation and to have lived-experience driving all aspects of our work.

 

We are deeply committed to building community resilience, and so provide information, signposting, advice, and opportunities to the public, around mental health services, personal wellness, or supports throughout the Trust area.

 

We are leaders in:

•Delivering Peer-led services, training, and supports

•Developing opportunities for people with lived experience

•Promoting awareness of mental health issues

•Challenging stigma and discrimination

•Championing recovery-orientated practice and initiatives

•Working in coproduction to improve mental health services

•Offering mentored capacity- building for coproduction activity and personal growth

•Embedding the voice of lived experience in suicide awareness initiatives working to prevent deaths by suicide

 

Our charity was established in 1993 as a pathway for sharing between the service user and carer community and their service providers.

Continuing as that official voice of the service user community, the Forum remains embedded within the MH Division of Southern Trust to this day. This model is regionally unique.

 

We engage directly with service providers in planning, delivering, and monitoring mental health services both locally and regionally, and we offer a peer-led programme of mentoring and support for service users and carers who wish to engage with us in those opportunities.

 

The voice of Lived Experience

The Mental Health Forum is the service user and carer voice in seeking to improve mental health services and in supporting individuals to improve their quality of life.

Read our Annual Public Report

 

Click on the Download link to get your copy of our latest Annual Public Report.

 

 

Inside you can get a flavour of all the different services we provide, and the work we do in direct partnership and coproduction with Southern Trust and Community Partners.

 

Service User and Carer Members of our Capacity Building Programme helped to create this report, and are actively involved in multiple areas of our service delivery.

 

For enquiries or to self-refer into any of our Peer-Led services, contact Elaine:

 

elainefogarty42@gmail.com

Tel:07876261033 (business hours)

MHF Annual Public Report 2023.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [7.3 MB]

Newsletter

Providing our members and the wider community with regular updates, opportunities, and resources about mental health and wellbeing related topics.

 

Our email newsletter is curated and produced by our members and is open to anyone who registers.

 

 

Scan the image to the left

or

 

Enter this url into your web browser to sign up.

 

http://eepurl.com/gfoah9

Talk2me...

Mental Health Forum launched a peer-led counselling service in World Mental Health Week 2021.

Free at point of need and open to 18+ who self-refer for talking therapy.

 

Addressing low presentations such as anxiety, low self-esteem, personal issues, overwhelm, low mood etc.

 

Referrrals are reviewed and processed by a qualified and experiencenced counsellor, who will then either arrange an assessment conversaton or if appropriate, signpost on to other more suitable specialist services.

 

For enquiries or to self-refer

 

Email: elainefogarty42@gmail.com

Tel:07876261033 (business hours)

Discovery5...

Launched as a pilot service in 2022, and helping to servie those whose need falls between that of counselling and peer-support, Discovery5 is a Professional service led and delivered by staff with lived experience.

 

Following assessment, clients are offered 4-6 sessions in which to explore the needs they themselves identify.

 

Coaching is a future-focused and collaborative process that helps identify strengths and skills and solutions already present in the client, so they can design their own goals and move with greater confidence towards them. Our service also encourages the client to recognise and embed MH & wellbeing tools along the way.

 

For enquiries or to self-refer

E elainefogarty42@gmail.com

Tel:  07876261033 (business hours)

PeerChat...

Mental Health Forum responsed during the covid pandemic to rising need for conversations and support addressing things like isolation, wellbeing drift, anxiety and resilience building.

 

We understood that those best placed to provide this service were people who had themsleves lived with similar challenges, and who had explored effective strategies and tools to cope and build resilience. 

 

We are proud to offer peer support by appointment face to face or via zoom call, in a way that can be tailored to individual need.

 

For enquiries or to self-refer

Email: elainefogarty42@gmail.com

Tel:  07876261033

(business hours)

Capacity Building Programme...

Our organisation offers a wide range of ways for carers and service users to get directly involved in the development and planning of mental health services.

Learn more about coproduction by clicking HERE

 

18yrs or older?

Live in SHSCT area?

Experience as either a carer or service user in metnal health?

 

Have home computer and email access?

 

Have at least 2hrs a week available for remote invovlement and mentoring sessions?

 

Get in touch, and we will help you match your work/life/wellness balance to engagement through our programme.

elainefogarty42@gmail.com

Peer-delivered workshops...

Our Peer Team provides confidence and skills around suicide conversations, and other topics related to mental health and wellbeing.

 

We can faciliate discussions or focus groups on issues related to mental health & wellbeing.

 

We can also provide BESPOKE Lived Experience talks or workshops for your team, group, or organisation

 

Common themes include:

  • Suicide Awareness/Prevention
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness and/or tools
  • Insights on life living with a mental health challenge
  • Benefits of Lived Expereince Involvement and Good Coproduction Practice
  • Practical skills for Coproduction
  • Essential skills and Etiquette for meetings and group working
  • 'Take5' Awareness sessions

Book Club...

This book club open to anyone aged 16yrs or older who lives in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Area.

 

Our purpose is to create a safe and comfortable space for poeple to start or develop a regular reading habit, as we know it can be an effective way to boost mental health, reduce stress, boost creativity, and add to our individual self-care by providing much needed            'me-time'.

 

We alterate types of books and usually take on a new title every 4-6 weeks.

 

Everyone can read however to the extent they are comfortable... there is no pressure to meet  a set deadline.

 

This is NOT just for MH service users or carers - Families, Friends, Staff etc all welcome.

Coordination and Facilitation of coproduction within SHSCT Mental Health Divison...

Elsewhere on our website, we expand on the range of ways our independent voice represents and facilitates Carer and Service User input into design and improvement of MH services.

 

We work closely with front-line staff, project teams, and senior managers as part of a collective leadership model unique to Southern Health & Social Care Trust.

The expertise of our team and the service users and carers we work alongside and represent, can also feed into cross-directorate or regional workstream activity.

 

If you are a new member of Trust staff or a sudent in the MH division, or have recently transitioned into a Management role, we can meet with you to discuss the unique interfaces mentioned above if you would find that helpful.

* May be subject to change for operational or infection control reasons

How is our work supported ?

Our service provision is supported by the investment of partners such as: 

   The Southern Health & Social Care Trust

   The Dept of Health Community Fund

   The PHA via The Southern Protect Life Implementation Group

 

Since 1993 we have served not only the Newry and South Armagh area where our office base is located, but also those from across the whole Southern Health Trust area.

A substantial part of the work we do is supported only by the kind donations, fundraising, and volunteer hours of people from those local communities.

 

Contact Elaine HERE or by telephone on 07876261033 if you would like to:     Make a personal donation in cash or kind

   Complete a chosen sponsored task on our behalf

   Organise a fund-raising event 

   Choose us as your business' charity this year

   Volunteer with us

   Become a member and get directly involved in coproduction & awareness

What our Members and Clients have to say about The Mental Health Forum

“I find the Forum very valuable from the point of view of keeping up with initiatives in the trust and mental health generally and also being able to contribute to discussions about how to resolve issues with service provision."

There's always something interesting and helpful in this newsletter. Thank you. Something for everyone!"

“Thank you so much for your time on the phone today even just that wee refferal chat helped me immensely thank you so much"

"I've learned so much, and I feel so much stronger and confident since working with the Forum"

"Your Peer Support appointments were a god-send. Noone else was able to be as flexible and understanding. I can't stress enough how helpful it was to talk with someone who just got it and didn't need me to try and explain what is so hard to explain. That couple of weeks of connection calls got me through a really tough time"

"I joined for the peer support but soon realized there was so much more. Forum activities have helped boost my confidence and it feels great to be doing something worthwhile."

"I've really enjoyed the experience of being in the Capacity Building Programme"

"I've wanted counselling for some time but have been unable to afford it. I happened to be in a local pharmacy and came across a Mental Health Forum leaflet and so I immediately made contact."

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