‘No health without mental health’ event

Members pictured at the FHB Patient Participation Group patient information afternoon entitled No Health Without Mental Health at the Lecture Room in Ballymoney Health Centre. inbm27-16s
Members pictured at the FHB Patient Participation Group patient information afternoon entitled No Health Without Mental Health at the Lecture Room in Ballymoney Health Centre. inbm27-16s

The stresses and strains of modern living take their toll on both body and mind and it is important to look after both.

With this in mind the FHB Patient Participation Group hosted a patient information afternoon entitled ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ in Ballymoney Health Centre. The patient participation group comprises patients, GPs and the Practice manager and the group aimed to raise awareness of the importance of emotional wellbeing and the need for mental health to have parity with physical health as a goal for all.

The first speaker was Kieran Quinn, NHSCT Emotional Wellbeing Co-ordinator who outlined the role of the Emotional Wellbeing Hub, counselling and the role of the voluntary sector. He was followed by Nuala O’Kane, a Recovery College Facilitator who highlighted the Recovery College goals of mentorship, self-education and empowerment. A service user of the Recovery College then spoke from the heart about the benefits she had obtained from following the Recovery College programme. Edith Trainor, the Practice counsellor, outlined the support available from counselling and the favourable comments from satisfied service users.

Michelle Knight-McQuillan, former Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, endorsed the theme and commended good work of the organisations.

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Other organisations such as the local mental health support group Bee Heard were on hand to offer advice and support on what was a rewarding and successful event. This was the 9th annual patient information afternoon that the practice patient participation group has organised.

You can find out more about the Recovery College at www.mentalhealthrecoverystories.hscni.net/recovery-college