Southern area

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Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing in the Southern area.

Click on the service you require for a list of organisations that may be able to help:

Urgent help and support

Emergency services – 999 or 112 Police, ambulance service, fire and rescue service, coastguard.

Lifeline – 0808 808 8000 | Deaf and hard of hearing –Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000
24 hour support for those in distress or despair.

Samaritans helpline – Freephone 116 123
Listening ear to those in distress.

Southern Area out of hours GP – 028 3839 9201
After 6pm and all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.

Police (PSNI) – 101 will connect you to your local police station.

Social services out of hours duty social worker – 028 9504 9999
Provides an emergency social work response across Northern Ireland from 5pm – 9pm and 24hrs at weekends.

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Suicide prevention / self-harm/ self-help

Lifeline – 0808 808 8000 |Deaf and hard of hearing –Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000
24 hour support for those in distress or despair.

Samaritans helpline – Freephone 116 123
Listening ear to those in distress. www.samaritans.org.uk

Action Mental Health (MensSana) – 028 3839 2314

PIPS Newry and Mourne – 028 3026 6195, Upper Bann – 028 3831 0151

Niamh Louise Foundation – 028 8775 3327

Protect life coordinator – 028 3741 2882
Information on suicide/self-harm prevention, support and initiatives within the Southern area. Training is also available.

Zest for Life Counselling and Training Services – 078 1808 8314 078 9438 8371
www.zestforlifecounsellingservices.com

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy – 0145 588 3300
Accredited counsellors and therapists.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Programme – 028 3833 1485

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Mental health including eating distress and anxiety support

Inspire (formerly NIAMH) – 028 9032 8474 Local support, including housing schemes, home support, advocacy services, information services and education. www.inspirewellbeing.org

Mental Health Foundation incorporating the Foundation for People with Learning Disability – 020 7803 1100 | www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Action Mental Health – 028 3839 2314

Mental Health Forum – 028 3025 2423 | www.thementalhealthforum.co.uk

MindWise – 028 9040 2323
Supporting people with mental illness.

ADAPT – 028 3834 7535

Youthline 028 3832 3895
Supporting those affected by eating disorders. | www.adapteatingdistress.com

Aware – 0845 120 2961 (9am-1pm Mon-Fri) | Belfast office 028 9035 7820
Website for further information | www.mindingyourhead.info

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Alcohol, drugs and smoking

The Magnet Centre, Newry – 028 3026 9070

Barnardo’s – 028 9066 3470
For children/young people and families affected by parental substance misuse.

EXTERN – 028 9033 0433
Crisis helpline 0800 085 4808

Dunlewey Addiction Services – 028 9039 2547
Community addiction team (CAT). Accessed through GP.

Breakthru – 028 8775 3228 | www.breakthru.co.uk

Start 360 – 028 3832 2714

Al Anon – 028 9068 2368 | www.al-anonuk.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous – 028 9035 1222 | www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie

Gamblers Anonymous – 028 9024 9185 | www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

National Drugs Helpline (FRANK) – 0300 123 6600 | Text 82111
24/7 drugs helpline.

futureproof (formerly REACT Ltd) – 028 4062 4511

Addiction NI – 028 9066 4434

ASCERT – 028 7944 0080 | Freephone 0800 2545 123

Cuan Mhuire – 028 3084 9010

Davina’s Ark – 028 3027 9407

Websites for further information:
www.want2stop.info
www.knowyourlimits.info
www.drugsandalcoholni.info

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Abuse

24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline – 0808 802 1414 | Text support to 07797 805 839
Open to all women and men affected by domestic or sexual violence. | 24hrsupport@dvhelpline.org

Women’s Aid NI
• Armagh/Down 028 3025 0765
• Mid Ulster 028 8676 9300
Support and advice for women who have suffered or are suffering from domestic abuse.

Nexus – 028 9032 6803 or 028 7126 0566 | www.nexusni.org

Trauma counselling service – 028 3834 7537

WAVE Trauma Centre support – 028 3751 1599 | www.wavetraumacentre.org.uk

Victim Support – 028 9024 3133
Emotional support for victims of crime. | www.victimsupportni.co.uk

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) – 0808 801 0331

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Bereavement

Cruse
• Cruse Newry 028 3025 2322
• Cruse Armagh/Dungannon 028 8778 4004
• Cruse helpline 0808 808 1677
National charity that promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people – for adults, children and young people. | www.cruse.org.uk | Young people: www.hopeagain.org.uk

Barnardo’s child bereavement service Advice line – 028 9066 8333 (9.30am-12.30pm Mon-Fri)
www.barnardos.org.uk

Niamh Louise Foundation – 028 8775 3327 | www.niamhlouisefoundation.com

PIPS Newry and Mourne – 028 3026 6195 | www.pipsnewryandmourne.org

Child death helpline – 0800 282 986 or 0808 800 6019 (free for mobiles) | www.childdeathhelpline.org.uk

The Lullaby Trust – Freephone information line 0808 802 6868/6869 | www.lullabytrust.org.uk

NI Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) – 077 4099 3450 | www.sandsni.org

Miscarriage Association – 019 2420 0799 (9am-4pm)

The Compassionate Friends – 028 8778 8016 | Available 10am-4pm and 7-9.30pm. | www.tcf.org.uk

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Sexual health

Positive Life – 028 9024 9268 | Confidential helpline 0800 137 437 (10am-4pm Mon-Fri)
Providing support services, advice and signposting to people living with and affected by HIV. | www.positivelifeni.com

The Rainbow Project – 028 9031 9030

Love for Life – 028 3882 0555

Brook – 028 9032 8866
Free confidential sexual health advice and contraception for young people aged 24 years and under.

Family Planning Association – 0345 122 8687 | www.fpa.org.uk

Health clinic – 028 3741 2891 077 8743 2845

Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic – 028 3083 4215

Community Sexual Health Advice Service – 028 3741 2410 077 7139 0231

C.A.S.H. (Contraception & Sexual Health Service)
• Dungannon – 028 8771 3090
• Newry – 028 3083 4294
• Banbridge/Portadown – 028 3833 3863

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Sexual orientation and gender identity

LGBT Switchboard – 0808 8000 390 (1-4pm Mon-Fri, 6-9pm Wed only.)

LGBT Northern Ireland | www.lgbtni.org

Transgender support services | www.transgenderni.com

Cara-Friend – 028 9089 0202
Provides information, support, friendship, counselling and signposting, and offers a social space service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community. | www.cara-friend.org.uk

Gay and Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland (GLYNI) – 028 9089 0202

HERE NI – 028 9024 9452
Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI) is now HERE, a place for lesbian and bisexual women in Northern Ireland. | www.hereni.org

The Rainbow Project – 028 9031 9030 | www.rainbow-project.org

SAIL – General enquiries/professionals – 028 9532 0023
Family support – 028 3057 0075
Support for trans people – 028 9532 0321
A support group for families of gender variant or transgender individuals of any age.

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Child / youth support

Barnardo’s Young Person’s Partnership
• Armagh 028 3752 2380
• Newry 028 3026 3135
Support for young people at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system or being expelled from school.

Barnardo’s Family Resource Centres
• Armagh – 028 3752 2380
• Newry – 028 3026 0668
Assessment, therapeutic and preventative services to families who are deemed to be at risk.

Family Support Hubs
• Armagh/Dungannon – 028 3751 0122
• Portadown/Craigavon/Banbridge – 028 3833 1168
• Newry & Mourne – 028 3083 5764

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) – 028 3083 5400

Childline – 0800 1111

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – 0808 800 5000

Education Authority pupil personal development services – 028 3751 2515

Start 360 – 028 3832 2714

Young Minds – 0808 802 5544 | www.youngminds.org.uk

Education Authority youth service
• Craigavon/Banbridge – 028 3833 8556
• Armagh Headquarters – 028 3751 2266
• Armagh/Newry & Mourne – 028 3025 1515
• Dungannon – 028 8772 2167

Young People’s Partnership
• Portadown – 028 3839 1155
• Armagh – 028 3752 2380
• Newry – 028 3026 3135

Family Resource Centre – Armagh/Dungannon – 028 3752 2380

Youth Action NI
• Armagh – 028 3751 1624
• Newry – 028 3025 6040

One Stop Shops
• futureproof (formerly REACT Ltd) – 028 4062 4511
• Magnet Newry – 028 3025 2214

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Student support

Ulster University student support
• Belfast – 028 9536 7300
• Coleraine – 028 7012 4105
• Jordanstown – 028 9036 6336
• Magee – 028 7167 5218
A professional counselling service is available on all campuses. | www.studentsupport.ulster.ac.uk

Queen’s University Belfast student guidance centre – During office hours 028 9097 2727 | 24 hr counselling helpline 0808 800 0016
A first stop for information, advice and guidance. Also provides a professional counselling service.
www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/

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Family and relationships

Family Support – 0845 600 6483 | www.familysupportni.gov.uk

Parenting NI – 0808 801 0722
Offers services to support parents and carers including a freephone helpline, counselling, parenting programmes and the opportunity to have a say on the issues affecting parents and carers across Northern Ireland. | www.parentingni.org

Barnardo’s – 028 9067 2366. Parenting matters.

St Vincent de Paul regional office – 028 9035 1561

Family Resource Centre, Armagh/Dungannon – 028 3752 2380

Sure Start
• Armagh/Keady – 028 3751 8569
• Banbridge – 028 4062 2474
• Clogher Valley – 028 8554 9898
• Dungannon – 028 8772 9695
• Craigavon – 028 3831 3360
• Portadown – 028 3833 7455
• Kilkeel – 028 4176 4718
• Newry – 028 3083 3780
• South Armagh – 028 3083 0022
Range of services from pregnancy through to a child’s 4th birthday, aimed at improving health, children’s social and emotional development, and their ability to learn.

Family Mediation NI – 028 9024 3265

Home-Start
• Armagh/Dungannon – 028 8778 9489
• Clogher Valley – 028 8554 9898
• Craigavon – 028 3834 5357
• Banbridge – 028 4062 6234
• Newry – 028 3026 6139

Supporting people and communities every day (SPACE) – 028 3083 5764

Vineyard Church Dungannon – 028 8775 2133

ACCORD – 028 9023 3002
Marriage and relationships counselling. | www.accord-ni.co.uk

Care in Crisis – 028 3832 9900

Love for Life – 028 3882 0555

Relate – 028 9032 3454
Services include relationship counselling for individuals and couples, and counselling for children and young people.

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Benefits / financial advice

Citizens Advice Bureau | www.citizensadvice.org.uk
• Armagh – 028 3752 4041
• Dungannon – 028 8772 5299
• Craigavon – 028 3836 1181
• Banbridge – 028 4062 2201
• Newry – 028 3026 2934

Christians Against Poverty | www.capuk.org

Law Centre NI – 028 9024 4401
Legal support for disadvantaged individuals. | www.lawcentreni.org

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Trauma

Family Trauma Centre – 028 9504 2828

Nova Trauma Support – 028 4062 8758

Victim Support – 028 9024 3133
Emotional support for victims of crime. | www.victimsupportni.co.uk

WAVE Trauma Centre – 028 3751 1599
Befriending and counselling for people who are victims of violence or bereaved due to the troubles.
www.wavetraumacentre.org.uk

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Carers

Carers NI – 028 9043 9843. Benefits and carers’ rights.

Cause – 028 9065 0650
Helpline 0845 603 0291 Available 10am-4pm Mon/Wed/Fri, 12-8pm Tues/Thurs.
A local charity providing peer-led emotional and practical support to carers and families of people with mental illness. | www.cause.org.uk

Memory/dementia service 
• Craigavon/Banbridge 028 3833 3332
• Armagh/Dungannon 028 3741 2428
• Newry and Mourne 028 3083 6970

Action for Children Young Carers Project
• Armagh/Dungannon/ 028 4062 6516
Craigavon/Banbridge
• Belfast (Head Office) 028 9046 0500
• Newry/Mourne 028 3026 7015

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Rural support

Rural Support helpline – 0845 606 7607 | www.ruralsupport.org.uk

COSTA Rural Support Network – 028 8555 6880 (Dungannon and South Tyrone)

TADA Rural Support Network – 028 3839 8888 (Armagh, Down and Antrim)

ABC Community Network – 028 3839 2777

Mid Ulster District Council – 0300 0132 132

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council – 0300 0300 900

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council – 0300 013 2233

Promoting Wellbeing Teams:
• Armagh – 028 3741 2521
• Craigavon – 028 3834 4973
• Newry – 028 3083 4325

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Other health-related support

Men’s Advisory Project – 028 9024 1929 | www.mapni.co.uk

SHSCT Volunteer Coordinator
• Armagh and Dungannon – 028 3741 2116
• Craigavon and Banbridge – 028 3831 1483
• Newry and Mourne – 028 3083 4270

Praxis – 028 9023 4555

Volunteer Now – 028 9023 2020

Volunteer Bureau Craigavon and Banbridge – 028 3834 2741

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Housing / homelessness / supported living

Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) – 034 4892 0900 | www.nihe.gov.uk

Regional emergency social work services – Out of Hours 028 9504 9999 | Duty Social Work Team – 0800 783 7745

Emergency accommodation 24/7 helpline – 0800 171 2222

Depaul Ireland – 028 8772 5860

CAP (Central Access Point) Simon Community – 0800 171 2222

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Cultural / ethnic

Equality Commission NI – 028 9050 0600

South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP) – 028 8775 0211

WAH HEP – 028 3834 7162 | Chinese community association

Community Intercultural Programme – 028 3839 3372

An Tearmann Project – 028 8774 1961

Armagh Traveller Support Group – 028 3741 2755

Craigavon Traveller Support Group – 028 3834 2089

Newry Traveller Support Group – 028 3083 4200

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Older people

Age NI – 028 9024 5729. Advice line 0808 808 7575
Charity combining Age Concern NI and Help the Aged in Northern Ireland. | www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland

Good Morning Neighbour Project
• Armagh/Dungannon 028 8772 9690
• Newry/Mourne and Down 028 3026 1022
The primary aim is to support members of the community by means of regular, friendly, telephone conversations – making time for people, listening effectively and becoming a ‘friend on the phone’.

Newry and Mourne Senior Citizens Consortium – 028 3026 6024

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Useful links:

HSC | Mind your head: a student guide to mental health

HSC | Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing

This information resource was developed through the Public Health Agency’s Northern Area Suicide Prevention Action Plan. The resource will be updated as required. For further information, contact the Public Health Agency

Public Health Agency, 12–22 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BS. Tel: 0300 555 0114 (local rate). www.publichealth.hscni.net