Community grants available for local groups addressing mental health issues

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Community based small grants to promote Mental Health and Suicide Preventation are being made available in Larne.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has identified non-recurring funding to address the themes of Suicide Prevention, Self- Harm, Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being and have commissioned North Antrim Community Network to facilitate this process.

As such the North Antrim Community Network is inviting community and voluntary sector organisations to apply for non-recurring awards to address the outlined themes.

Grants are available at the level of £1,000 per project.

Applications will be assessed on the potential to improve health and wellbeing and on the ability to complete the work by the end of February 2017, including evaluation, by mid-March 2017.

Applications open on Monday, April 4 and close on Wednesday, May 4 at 12 noon.

Small Grant Scheme aims:

• Promote awareness of issues around mental health problems:

• Encourage communities to be pro-active in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide

• To build sustainable resilient communities through positive collaboration of organisations/groups

• Promote innovative interventions/programmes that promote positive mental health and emotional well-being, and tackle the contributing factors of self-harm and suicide

Applications also should promote protective factors and build resilience, including e.g. early intervention, emotional wellbeing awareness work, increasing the capacity for self help and measures to improve quality of life.

For further information, guidance and examples of evidence based practice, along with support to develop a relevant programme, contact Amanda Elliott, Suicide Prevention Development Officer on 07740282650 or amanda@nacn.org

North Antrim Community Network Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Small Grants Scheme is funded through the Public Health Agency and is delivering in Ballymena, Moyle, Ballymoney and Larne.