The Derriaghy-based Action Mental Health New Horizons Division recently celebrated a year of achievement by more than 40 clients.
Part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy, AMH’s New Horizons division aims to help those experiencing mental ill-health recover through employment, volunteering, training, support and advice.
At a recent presentation day it awarded to clients with qualifications ranging from visual merchandising, computer literacy and digital skills to customer service and art.
Acting Service Manager Eoin McAnuff said: “It’s an honour to celebrate with clients who , through their own hard work, determination and drive, have gained transferable skills that will open up opportunities in terms of their personal and professional development.
“When trying to overcome the often debilitating effects of mental illness, it is important to remember that support from loved ones and services like AMH New Horizons are vital in the recovery process.
“In this instance, not only is it inspirational to see so many people learn new skills for both in and outside the workplace, but to see their mental wellbeing flourish as well.
“This serves as an example to others who are perhaps experiencing hard times that with the right support and encouragement, anything is achievable.”
AMH Chief Executive David Babington added: “Over the course of the last year we have witnessed how much our clients have grown personally, professionally and emotionally.
“From April 1 2015 to now, 165 clients have attended our New Horizons service in Derriaghy, achieving 352 units of accreditation in a range of vocational areas.
“In addition, 17 clients have progressed into employment, further education or training, which is a fantastic result.”
If you are unemployed, living with a mental illness and are interested in taking part in the New Horizons Employment Program, contact your Community Mental Health team, Condition Management team or Jobs and Benefits advisor, and ask for a referral to the service.
To take part in New Horizons Employment Program email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 028 94425356.