Please scroll down to watch video or listen to recordings of people talking about mental wellness and ways to positively manage life when things aren't going so well and supports and tools may be needed.
These are all real people choosing to use their own lived experience to help others.
Their stories and perspectives will all be different yet they share a common belief in the ability we all have to live a personally meaningful and fulfilling life even when our mental wellbeing is challenged by circumstances or illness.
We call this 'Recovery' and you can learn more HERE.
Whether in the community or through professional help, each has found supports or tools to help deal with the stresses, anxieties and issues that came with that.
These are the positive and hopeful things they want to share with you.
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Audio Book version of our 2023 edition booklet
In May 2023 we will finalise the Audiobook Version of our New Free Booklet.
The audo file will be placed here for download, and we will offer a YouTube link also.
If you would like the audio file and it's link to be sent directly to your inbox when ready, then please Email US.
Voices of Lived Experience
(In development, and seeking contributors)
Initially, we present recordings and video created by our service user and carer members, and we plan to feature pieces from others in our Southern Trust area as the 'Flights of Hope' project grows.
If you'd be interested in sharing something of your lived experience to help others, we can support you in a conversation that can be either audio or video recorded.
You will be involved in editing and will have final sign-off on the formally submitted piece.
The whole process is managed and run by people who have had their own challenges with mental health issues and this peer support will help guide you in a tailored time-frame without pressure.
Final edited pieces can be anything from 1-10 mins.
To learn more, you can telphone Elaine on 07876261033
Any messages left on voicemail will be followed upa s soon as possible.
Your enquiry will not carry any obligation to proceed, and we look forward to hearing from you!
For help with submitting a written piece CLICK HERE
Members discuss 'Recovery in Action'
in a film from Mental Health Forum
Created in 2011, this short film has won awards for excellence. We are particularly proud to see it still being used as part of mental health training and support work here and outside Northern Ireland.
Discussing Mental Health in the Media or raising awareness at public events
Elaine, our Project Development Officer, talks about her personal mental health journey and how she now uses her lived expereince in a paid role within the Forum. Shared with permission from Belfast Live (Recorded 2023)
CLICK HERE to read a full transcript
CLICK HERE to read a full transcript
Featured External Media
Submitted for sharing by Forum Members
(While not created personally, story or awareness-raising videos featured in this section are credited with being very helpful in the recovery journey of one or more of our contributors.)
Click Image to watch a Piece of Performance Art by Yoann Bourgeois
"Resilience - It can be hard to explain the effort it takes and the emotional courage it demands... particularly if you've been doing really well for a long time. This comes close. "
" Life isn't easy and we all struggle from time to time, and those living with invisible illnesses can sometimes struggle differently because of a lack of understanding from others. Living with mental health challenges has actually forged some of the strongest most courageous people I've ever known."