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The Belfast Mental Health Rights Group was one of the first groups PPR worked with, and have been together since 2006. Their members have personal or family experience of mental health issues and suicide/self harm. The group led a successful campaign for a ‘Card Before You Leave’ (CBYL) appointments system for mental health patients to ensure those in mental health crisis left Accident and Emergency Departments with a card  bearing the date of their next appointment. This change was put in place across Northern Ireland.

Since 2013, PPR’s work on mental health has grown across Northern Ireland, and we now also work with groups with direct experience of mental health services in Draperstown and Cookstown.

This is the text of a presentation by #123GP activists to the All Party Group on Suicide Prevention on 23 October 2019.

In a keynote address to an audience of mental health rights campaigners, the world's leading spokesperson for the right to health warned that policy makers around the world have become too reliant on the medical profession to treat mental ill health.

Professor Dainius Púras - the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health - was speaking at PPR's Mental Health Congress, which took place in the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road in Belfast on 10 October 2019.

In the lead up to our Mental Health Congress on 10 October please read this article by clinical psychologist Dave Rogers, in which he talks about the relationship between equality and good mental health. 
You can book a place at the congress by clicking here.

PPR and the #123GP campaign will be hosting a special Mental Health Congress to mark World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October 2019.

The highlight of the event will be a keynote address by UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dainius Púras. 

The Social Security system is ‘A shadow penal system’ where human rights are increasingly absent.

Poster for Suspect Communities Event, Featuring image of security guard, with head replaced by a CCTV camera

 

Noon, Wednesday 7 August 2019, Glór Na Móna (4 Whiterock Close, BT12 7RG)

12l.n, 7 Lúnasa, Glór Na Móna (4 Clós na Carraige Báine)

top messing about and provide the funding that's needed for counselling. Now!' United call goes out from mid Ulster to Department for Health to increase funding for counselling

SAM88, a suicide prevention charity based in the mid-Ulster area held a very successful community meeting in Magherafelt on Tuesday 18 June. The theme of the meeting was ‘Counselling Saves Lives – it is a vital tool for GPs in suicide prevention and mental health treatment – so why is it so hard to access it? The meeting was attended by a mix of local people, mental health charities, counsellors and elected representatives. Speakers included Christine Rocks SAM88, Bobby Carlin Counsellor and Barry Murray #123GP campaign.

The united message going from this meeting to the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Board was neatly summed up by the words of one of those in attendance       “stop messing about and provide the funding for counselling that’s needed. Now!”

 

PPR highlights obstacles to securing state accountability for social and economic rights to UN

29 March 2019 

 

PPR responds to call for  input from UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights regarding state accountabilty 

 

The six main political parties have united in a call to Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary Department of Health to take urgent action to ensure that all those who require counselling within primary care services can access it in a timely and appropriate manner.

Political parties across the spectrum united with mental health rights campaigners in the Long Gallery Stormont on Wednesday 30 Jan 2019 in an urgent call on the Health and Social Care Board to fund counselling provision in GP practices in line with need.

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