Mental health support

There are many support groups available within the Northern Trust area, to offer advice and support if you are concerned about your mental health.

Aware Defeat Depression is a national voluntary organisation that offers support through depression. 
Tel: 028 7126 0602 or 028 9032 1734
Helpline: 08451 202 961

Aware Defeat Depression support groups in Northern Trust area

Lodge Hotel, 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month (excluding public holidays) at 7.30pm

Cookstown Library, every Wednesday (excluding public holidays) at 6.30pm

Magherafelt Library,every other Thursday (excluding public holidays) at 6.30pm

Carrickfergus Library, every 2 weeks (excluding public holidays) on a Wednesday at 6.30pm

Alzheimer’s Society provides support for carers and people with alzheimer’s and dementia.
Tel: 028 9446 1717

CRUSE Bereavement Care is a national charity that provides a service for bereaved people including children and young people as well as adults.
Bannside Branch Tel: 028 2563 0900
Causeway Branch Tel: 028 2766 6686
CRUSE Young person’s helpline: 0808 808 1677

Eating Disorders Association provide support for people with eating disorders and their families.  A drop in centre and support groups are also available.
Tel: 028 9023 5959

Nexus provide advice and confidential counselling for those who have been sexually abused. Several outreach centres exist within Ballymena.
Tel: 028 7126 0566

Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health provides support to those with mental health needs living in the community as well as publishing information leaflets and so on around mental health.

There are several beacon centres across the Northern Trust area:

Ballymena – 028 2564 2383
Cookstown – 028 8676 6619
Carrickfergus – 028 9032 8474
Magherafelt – 028 7963 2984
Larne – 028 9032 8474
Ballymoney - 028 9032 8474

Praxis Care Group is a voluntary organisation and a major provider of services for individuals with learning disabilities, mental health problems and acquired brain injury, as well as being theNorthern Ireland Agoraphobia and Anxiety Society offering a telephone service. 
Tel: Head office 028 9023 455

Northern Ireland Agoraphobia and Anxiety Society
Tel: 028 9023 5170

Relate offers support, advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation and support face-face, by phone and through their website.  Although they have office in Belfast and Londonderry they have provide appointments in Coleraine two nights a week. 
To make an appointment Tel: 028 7137 1502

MindWise is a national charity that works to provide a service to those affected by severe mental illness.
Tel: 028 9040 2323 (Head office)

Mindwise support groups

Antrim – 2nd Thursday of every month in Antrim Day Centre from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Ballycastle – 3rd Monday of every month in the Mental Health Resource Centre from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Ballyclare – 4th Friday of every month MindWise – 15-17 Rashee Road at 10.30 am
Ballymena – 4th Monday of every month in The Adair Arms from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Carrickfergus – 4th Thursday of every month in Hawthorne Day Centre from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Coleraine – 3rd Thursday of every month in Pavestone Centre from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Cookstown – 1st Thursday of every month in Gortalowry House from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Draperstown, 2nd Friday of every month from 11 am - 1 pm
Magherafelt – 3rd Friday of every month from 11 am - 12 noon
Newtownabbey – 2nd Monday of every month

For further information contact Lorraine Dell
Tel: 028 9334 1714

Samaritans provide emotional support for those who are in a crisis and/or in danger of taking their own lives.
Helpline Tel: 08457 909090
Ballymena Branch Tel: 028 2565 0000
Causeway branch Tel: 028 7032 0000

Women’s Aid provide support and advice for women who have suffered re suffering from domestic violence.
Tel: 028 2563 2136
24 hour helpline Tel: 028 9033 1818




Page last updated:04 February 2013