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.

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.

#123GP calls on the Health and Social Care Board to fund counselling in line with need

Ms Órlaithí Flynn MLA, Chair of APPG on Suicide Prevention requests the pleasure of your company at 'Equipping GPs with Mental Health Expertise': Report and Social Media Campaign Launch in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Belfast on behalf of #123GP Campaign. 

Registration: 11am 

Event Commences 11:30am

Event Ends: 1:00pm followed by Lunch

Every GP should have a counsellor based in their practice - one woman's positive experience of getting help from her GP

'My GP listens, he doesn’t rush me in and out, he doesn’t just hand out tablets, he offers other things before medication' - one woman talks about her positive experience of accessing mental health care through her GP, and calls for all GP practices to be equipped with both a counsellor and a mental health worker. 

My battle to access talking therapy

"T here is vast power in talking, in having your trauma acknowledged by another human being. In interacting with someone who treats you with respect to balance out the degradation and the stigma. When I look back on those really awful months now, the ones where I had no services and the wrong meds, I am convinced that it was talking therapies that kept me going.  It is very sad then that there are so many GP practices which don't offer talking therapies, that it is left at the discretion of the practice and not treated as a necessity

The story of one woman battle to access mental health services.

Equality Can't Wait and Housing for All campaigners meet with UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

Families impacted by welfare reform, homelessness and enforced destitution met with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston in Belfast on Saturday 10 November 2018 to share their experiences as well as their proposals for change.


GPs have a critcial role to play in Suicide Prevention #WSPD18


We invite you to take the #123GP quiz. It only takes 2 minutes - you’ll be sure to learn a lot!

The purpose of this quiz is to raise awareness of the #123GP campaign for GPs to be equipped with better mental health care, including training in suicide prevention. 


Click on this link to start



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