About the

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The Mental Health Forum serves the Southern Health & Social Care Trust area of Northern Ireland, and has its office base in Newry.

Our charity was established in 1993 as a means of communicating mental health service user opinion to service providers and receiving information from service providers. Since that time the Forum has become the official voice of the service user community within the Southern Health & Social Care Trust. We provide advice, information and signposting for service users, carers, professionals and the general public in relation to mental health services throughout the Trust area. We engage directly with service providers in planning, delivering and monitoring mental health services both locally and regionally.


We are leaders in:

  • Promoting awareness of mental health issues
  • Challenging stigma and discrimination
  • Promoting recovery orientated practice and initiatives
  • Developing opportunities for those experiencing mental ill health and those who care for them
  • Working in coproduction to improve mental health services
  • Capacity building for coproduction activity
  • Providing access to advocacy support services


The voice of service users

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

Mental Heath 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 to moderate 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



(business hours)

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.



What our Members 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."

"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."

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