Mental health support

There are a range of organisations available within the Northern Trust area that offer advice and support if you are concerned about mental health.

AWARE is the only mental health charity in Northern Ireland working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder.

Londonderry/Derry office
Tel: 028 7126 0602

Belfast office
Tel: 028 9032 1734

Information line
Tel: 08451 202 961

AWARE has support groups in Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown and Magherafelt. To find out the date of these groups and more about how AWARE can help, please call the information line or visit

Alzheimers Society provides support to people with alzheimers disease and dementia and also their carers.
Tel: 028 9446 1717

CRUSE Bereavement Care is a national charity that provides a support service for bereaved people including children and young people, as well as adults.
Northern Area Tel: 028 2766 6686
CRUSE Young person’s helpline: 0808 808 1677

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

Nexus NI provide advice and confidential counselling for those who have been sexually abused.
Tel: 028 7126 0566
Belfast Tel: 028 9032 6803

NIAMH (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides support to those with mental health needs living in the community.

NIAMH is made up of three parts: Beacon, Carecall and Inspire.

Beacon provides supported housing, day support and advocacy services.

Carecall provides therapeutic support through employee assistance programmes, and specialist therapeutic services delivered in a wide variety of contexts.

Inspire provides support for people with learning disabilities in four residential locations - Armagh, Antrim, Lisburn and Omagh

For more information contact:

Ballymena – 028 2564 2383
Cookstown – 028 8676 6619
Magherafelt – 028 7963 2984

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. It also acts as the Northern Ireland Agoraphobia and Anxiety Society and offers a telephone service.

Tel: 028 9023 4555

Relate offers relationship help including counselling, sex therapy, workshops and mediation
Tel: 028 9032 3454

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

Mindwise Family and Carers Group Support Meetings

Antrim Day Centre, 32F Station Road Antrim BT41 4AB.
Second Monday of every month from 11.00am – 1.00pm

Harvey’s Coffee Shop, 81-83 Main St, Ballyclare BT39 9AA.
Last Friday of every month from 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Adair Arms Hotel, 1 Ballymoney Rd, Ballymena BT43 5BS.
First Tuesday of every month from 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Hawthorns Adult Centre, 81 Ellis Street Carrickfergus.
Fourth Thursday of every month from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Community House, 29 – 31 Parkview Castledawson.
Second Friday of every month from 10.00am – 12.00pm

Sandal Centre, Rugby Ave, Coleraine, County Londonderry BT52 1JL.
Third Monday of every other month from 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Gortalowery House, 94 Church St, Cookstown BT80 8HX.
First Monday of every month from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

New Style Furniture, 8 Rainey Street Magherafelt.
First Monday of every month from 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Corrs Corner Hotel, 315 Ballyclare Rd, Newtownabbey BT36 4TQ.
First Tuesday of every month from 7.00pm – 9.00pm

For further information contact Clare McNally
Tel: 028 9334 9187

Samaritans provide emotional support for those who are in a crisis and/or in danger of taking their own lives.
Helpline Tel: 116 123
Ballymena Branch Tel: 028 2565 0000
Causeway Branch Tel: 028 7032 0000

Women’s Aid provides support and advice for women who have suffered or are suffering from domestic violence.
Tel: 028 2563 2136
24 hour helpline Tel: 0808 802 1414

Page last updated:20 April 2016