Mental & Emotional Health & Wellbeing

In seeking to improve people’s emotional wellbeing, the Public Health Agency are keen not only to focus on reducing the risk factors that can contribute to poor mental health and lead to suicide, but also on increasing the protective factors, which can often have an overwhelming impact on the course of an individual’s life with an aim to empower and build resilience for all age groups and support them to make positive choices in relation to their own mental health.

The protective factors that are enhanced through the Northern Area services include:

  • Resilience & Coping skills
  • Conflict / problem solving skills
  • Encouraging Family / community connectedness & support
  • Input from key community gatekeepers
  • Effective care for mental and physical health
  • Tackling substance misuse and
  • Support for help seeking behaviours



Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides regular and substantial help or support to a family member or friend on an informal basis.  A carer can be any age, be a parent caring for a child with a disability, be a young person caring for a parent or sibling, you do not have to be the sole carer or live with the cared for person.

See advice for Carers during COVID-19 pandemic via link below –


Carers NI T:028 9043 9843


Carers Emergency Card


Domiciliary Care – Extra Care T: 028 9448 2939


NHSCT Carers Coordinator

Carers Mailing List – To be kept up to date about support within NHSCT area

Please contact Claire to be added to the mailing list: T: 028 2766 1210 E:


Digital Resources – Download ‘Jointly’ App – Free Code DGTL2770

For further specific online support relating to the caring role, carers should visit the Northern Trust carer website, create an account to log-in using the FREE access code DGTL2770.  This is a designated website for carers where you can download resources, guides and the ‘Jointly’ app for free using the access code, to help manage a person’s care eg appointments, prescriptions etc.


Community Care

Community Care – 0845 600 3111

Duty Social Worker – Cookstown 028 8672 3800

Duty Social Worker – Magherafelt 028 7936 6984

Emergency Social Work Out of Hours (Crisis) 028 9504 9999

Elder Abuse Response Helpline 0808 808 8141

Out of Hours – Urgent (Dalriada Urgent Care) NHSCT 028 2566 3500


Mid Ulster Disability Forum T: 03000 132 132 E:

Additional Information

For more support information on a wide range of practical and emotional support services and projects please check out the following:

Northern Area Directory of Services to Help Improve Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing


For hard copies please contact:
Andrea Graham, NHSCT, Health Improvement
Spruce House, Cushendall Road, Ballymena, BT43 6HL
Contact Tel: 028 2563 5375

Northern Area Training Directory

Directory of MH SP 2021-2022

The following reports and action plans are available on:

Development of the New Suicide Prevention Strategy for Northern Ireland – Pre-consultation Engagement Summary Report

Protect Life 2 Strategy For Preventing Suicide & Self Harm in Northern Ireland 2019 – 2024

Protect Life 2 Strategy For Preventing Suicide & Self harm in NI 2019-2024

Northern Ireland Lifestyle and Coping Survey

Annual Reports – Deliberate Self Harm Registry