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Examples of Forum Activity

April 2016 - March 2017


Click the button to download a copy of The Mental Health Forum's annual report.  Registered with the

Charity Commission for N.Ireland


October 2017


Presentation of certificates to members of the Mental Health Forum Volunteer scheme as they move on to university after a year of contribution on the Website team.


Pictured: Nadia Traynor and Carla Wilson with Karl Hughes & families.




June 2017


Mental Health Forum partners with

The Recovery College at the New Wellness Inforamtion Hub in Craigavon Hospital.


Pictured: Elaine Fogarty



13 January 2017


Mental Health Forum Members  engaging with the Banbridge community at a Health Fair


Pictured: Willie McKeown, Caroline Ferguson, Shauna McCausland



17 November 2016


Mental Health Forum Members offered Mental Health related information as exibitors  at The Community Wellbeing Event held in the Civic Centre, Craigavon. 




Pictured: Willie McKeown, Caroline Ferguson, Shauna McCausland, Elaine Fogarty, Paul Burke



13 October 2016

(World Mental Health Week)


The Mental Health Forum was strongly represented at and involved in the planning of a Ministerial Launch event for the

Talking Therapies Hub & Recovery College within The Southern Health and Social Care Trust


Photo: Minister for Health - Michelle O'Neill (MLA) speaking on the topic of Recovery and the importance of collaborative working in support of the two new initiatives.




10 October 2016

(World Mental Health Day)


The Mental Health Forum was strongly represented at and involved in the planning and delivery of a Regional service user focused event held in Antrim to Celebrate Recovery




2015 & 2016


Forum Members directly involved in the creation and delivery of Information/Awareness days for Trust Managers and Staff 


on the new "You in Mind" Regional Mental Health Care Pathway



21 October 2015


Launch of this

Mental Health Forum Website


Members had independently build this site and launched it as a totally unique information hub to inform and empower anyone with an interest in mental health issues.


Back row: Deirdre Barker, Georgina Glassey, Bryce McMurray, Shauna McCausland, Karl Hughes, Sinead Hughes Front row: Elaine Fogarty, Breige Quinn, Ann Butler, Caroline Ferguson  HSC Photography (Forum  members, Staff and supporters)




1 October 2015


Consultation with the Southern Local Commissioning Group 


Members attended to engage in discussion about the development of a Wellmind talking therapies hub





Front row - Teressa Nugent (Rural health partnership South Armagh & Interim Chair of SLCG), Miceal McCoy and Sophie Lusby (Asst director of commissioning HSC)

Back row - Elaine Fogarty (Forum Secretary), Shauna McCausland (Forum member), Dr Wlater Boyd (GP from Clougher area), Aisling Rennick (Newry & Mourne Council), Karl Hughes (Forum Manager), Arlene Wilson (CAUSE Armagh), Karen Moore (Care in Crisis Lurgan)  HSC Photography





27 June 2016


Hosting of a special Information evening to give guidance around expected changes following the transition from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)



March 2016


Hosting of a special consultation for the Department of Health, Social Services & Public safety (DHSSPS)


This event was organised in Trasna House, Lurgan by The Mental Health Forum to facilitate communication of service user experience of services


24 September 2015


Members trained and The Forum subsequently led in data collection for the "Sensemaker II" patient and carer experience survey "You in Mind - Your experience matters"  



Members of the Mental Health Forum sit as equals on regular crucial working groups charged with planning and delivery of Mental Health Services across The Southern Trust and Regionally.


We also have members sitting on interview panels to select Trust Mental Health staff

7 March 2014


Radio Interview with a Forum member - discusssing lived experience of mental ill health   -   BBC Radio Ulster


Click HERE for content


Photo: Elaine Fogary  -  Forum Member

Launch of Choice & Medication website and the NI Forumulary 

March 2014


Guest speakers on the day included representation from The Mental Health Forum



Launch of the Choice and Medication website - to help individuals better understand and manage their medication.    Click HERE to visit the site.


Photo - Left to right - Aaron Coulter (Community Mental Health Pharmacist in SHSCT), Elaine Fogarty (Mental Health Forum SHSCT Area), Joe Brogan (Head od Pharmacy and Medicines Managemet HSC), Emma Quinn (NI Formulary Pharmacist HSC), Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA, Cathy Harrison (Senior Principal Pharmacists (DHSSPS NI), Mary Duffin (Chair of Children's Carers Group) 

HSC Photography

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