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.

Over the past decade, family members and friends exposed to suicide have shown courage and determined leadership in efforts to prevent further deaths. This is demonstrated by their successful  calls for a suicide prevention strategy ‘Protect Life’’ campaigning for a 24 hours helpline service, changes in appointment systems at A&Es such as the ‘card before you leave’ appointment system and the inclusion of information on mental health services in the government’s Choose Well public information  campaign to name but some.

Mental Health Rights Campaign calls for parity of esteem between physical and mental health

Round the house and mind the dresser …..or being sent around in circles by the Department of Health and its agencies in an attempt to find out how many GPs in Northern Ireland have been accredited as Practitioners with a Special Interest in Mental Health.

Mental health rights campaigners, along with MLAs and mental health charities took to the steps of Parliament Buildings on Thursday 15 September to call on the Minister of Health Michelle O’Neill MLA to increase funding for mental health services, as part of their #MoreDoughNeeded campaign.

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Mental health rights campaigners will take to the steps of Parliament Buildings on Thursday 15 September at 12.30pm, along with MLAs and mental health charities, to call on the Minister of Health Michelle O’Neill MLA to increase funding for mental health services, as part of their #MoreDoughNeeded campaign.

The Mental Health Rights Campaign group has sent an Open Letter to the Health Minister calling for funding of mental health services in line with need. While mental health accounts for approximately 25% of health cases it currently receives only 8.5% of the health budget.

STEPS ( Suicide, Talking, Educating, Preventing and Support) a community led group run by volunteers, based in the Draperstown area of south Derry recently undertook training on using twitter as a human rights campaigning tool. This blog describes what happens when 8 women along with a few stray cats, dogs and wasps get together around a kitchen table with their mobile phones ( and a box of Celebrations!). You can follow STEPS on @steps_mh

The Black Box in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter was abuzz with conversation at lunchtime on Wednesday 11th May, as those gathered in its Green Room did their bit to tackle stigma in relation to mental health ‘one conversation at a time’.

Call for promises made to family to be kept

The Belfast Mental Health Rights Group has expressed its concern about continuing failures in mental health services at Belfast Trust.

Delta Packaging a major employer in West Belfast held a mental health information event last Thursday 4th February in its premises at Kennedy Way Industrial Estate.

Employing around 300 –  the company’s management is keen to ensure staff can access the right support and information relating to mental health when they or their family/friends need it. Organisation attending the event included Belfast Mental Health Rights Group, EBCDA, PIPs, and CONTACT (Lifeline) Fergal Doyle Human Resource Manager highlighted the importance of good health in this growing company:

PPR is delighted to announce that it was recently successful in securing 3 years funding from Comic Relief for the continuation of its mental health campaign work. The new funding is vindication of the hard work and success of the groups who make up the campaign network.

PPR provides tools and support to marginalised groups actively asserting their right to participate in economic and social decisions which affect their lives.

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