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Because each life lost

is one too many


In less than 45mins

this FREE online course can give you the skills and confidence to have a life-saving conversation.

Has printable certificate of completion


There is also a

5mins Gateway Module

raising awareness of potential behaviour patterns that could suggest someone is having suicidal thoughts, and how your conversation may help.


The Mental Health Forum

will be delivering free

'Café Conversation' style

group workshops of this training in the SHSCT area when COVID restrictions ease enough to permit it.

Workshops are facilitated by people with actual lived experience of suicide issues.


 Express Interest here

and you will be contacted when dates and venues are set.

COVID-19 Updates

w/c 18 May 2020


If using your car for essential journeys, you should make sure it is roadworthy. Info and advice:…/vehicle-maintenance-safety-an…


 #StaySafe #COVID19 Department for Infrastructure

During this time you may be finding your sleeping patterns are just not the same.
Tune into the fifth session above, tomorrow and Tuesday for some advice

Published 19 May 2020
Health Minister Robin Swann's "Mental Health Action Plan"
can be viewed and downloaded below. It also includes a plan on dealing with the response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Public Health Agency carries lots of up to date information and tools. You can check it out here…/covid-19-information-p…

This is their latest re the wearing of face coverings.
These are practical general hygiene tools and you DO NOT have to purchase and use a Clinical grade mask should you choose to use a face covering.



Note from the Community

Please follow the new guidance, as you enjoy your Long Bank Holiday Weekend


For latest updates you can visit

Important update from our Chief Executive in relation to Daisy Hill Hospital Emergency Department:

“I understand you are concerned about how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on health and social care services and how we can move towards a restoration of local services.

“We will be reopening access to emergency medicine in Daisy Hill Hospital, but the issue is timing. We need to be assured that it is safe to do so.

“Covid-19 is still a significant and serious issue for health and social care. While thankfully cases are currently decreasing, it still is circulating in our community and that will be the major consideration on any decisions on the future restoration of services. We are still treating Covid-19 patients in our hospitals on a daily basis and this remains a huge operational challenge. This will not change in the foreseeable future.

“The majority of our services necessitate close contact with patients and clients. Having to be socially distanced is impacting, and will impact, on every level of our service delivery. Patient-facing services will require staff to wear protective equipment (PPE) to carry out their duties for the foreseeable future – this represents a major delivery challenge.

“As part of a regional approach we are urgently reviewing our services to see how we can re-build safe care given the fundamental change in how society is currently affected. We are developing plans to rebuild services but Covid-19 remains a threat and this limits what we can do in our hospitals. We recognise that the Newry and Mourne community are anxious for the return of their urgent and emergency care services and we are working on how this can be safely provided, both for patients and staff. This will be a complex and challenging process.

“Engagement with the Pathfinder group is underway and we are of course keen to work with you and the local community in managing care now and in the future while Covid-19 remains a public health issue.”


Everyone must help stop coronavirus spreading

  • Only go outside for permitted shopping, health reasons, work or one form of exercise a day. If you go outside, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times.
  • Groups of 4-6 people who do not share a household can meet outdoors, maintaining social distancing.
  • Avoid touching your face and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Drive through church services and churches may open for private prayer with appropriate social distancing and cleaning of shared contact hard surfaces.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.

 The PHA has developed a new report examining key trends and characteristics of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to help build a longer-term understanding of the virus and its impact. The report will be published on a monthly basis.

Click here if you'd like information about this


If you, or someone you have supported has claimed Personal Independence Payment (PIP), have your say on the process by completing a questionnaire for the Independent Review of PIP at…/second-independent-revi…


Did you know that your 'self-talk' talks at OVER 3 times the speed you speak at aloud?
During intense and difficult times, its easier for our 'thoughts' to tell us a story about ourselves that isn't actually true.

(especially when running at that speed!)
If that 'self-talk story' starts telling you that you are broken, pause and remember this..

" Your success rate so far of surviving really difficult days is 100% !! "

You are NOT broken. You are strong. You've got this...


You know what works for you and when and at what pace, and IF you need them, we have ideas, links and resources on our website that may be useful in some way.
And, if you want someone to talk with or to ask about other help, then you'll find those numbers here
AWARE have some exciting news!
In celebration of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, AWARE are launching an online version of our Living Life to the Full well-being programme as well as launching further dates for our popular Mindfulness sessions!
Living Life to the Full (18+)
The six-session programme uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts to help you manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried, or depressed. It teaches you simple, practical skills to help you cope with life’s challenges. The session will be delivered in short video sessions on YouTube.
Mindfulness (18+)
These sessions will last one hour and will consist of meditation practices, some teaching about mindfulness and how mindfulness can be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety.
For more info and to register, go to

Same message... fresh image Thank you for playing your part in stopping spread of infection so far, and for staying up to date with official guidance. You can visit the PHA website here


A list of other sources of official guidance can be found here…/



You may also wish to visit these Official Websites: 

 NI Exec Updates     NI Direct     Public Health Agency    Dept of Health 

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