What Does ‘Action Mental Health’ Do? (+3 Eye-Opening Insights)

In this brief blog we will cover action mental health.

Action mental health is a mental health charity which is based in Northern Ireland.

The Action mental health website states “The Action Mental Health Group

Founded in 1963, Action Mental Health (AMH) is a local charity which works to enhance the quality of life and the employability of people with mental health needs or a learning disability in Northern Ireland.

From humble beginnings in Downpatrick as ITO (the Industrial Training Organisation), AMH has grown to deliver services and projects across the country for all members of our communities.

Our health promotion work takes place in schools, community organisations and with local employers.

Our employment services assist people to remain in work as well as providing skills and sourcing opportunities for those who want to re-enter the workforce.

We have specific projects for young people, older people, people living with alcohol abuse, employees, employers, people managing long-term conditions, partnership work with other mental health and disability charities as well as working within our prisons.

We provide our clients with many opportunities, encouraging them to adopt healthier lifestyles and to widen their social networks.

We also provide them with the skills to build a better future, set personal goals, develop coping skills, re-engage with society and become more employable.

New Life Counselling 

In 2018, New Life Counselling joined the Action Mental Health Group.

New Life Counselling is a voluntary counselling organisation committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being needs of its clients through the provision of counselling. 

They provide friendly and professional counselling services for children, young people, adults and families.

New Life Counselling is a BACP Accredited service, an independent award of quality therapeutic provision. Service accreditation demonstrates that you offer an accountable, ethical, professional and responsive service to clients, staff, volunteers and stakeholders.

The service is open to anyone regardless of gender, age (5 yrs +), religion, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background.

Our facilities are also designed to promote disabled access and we offer a tailored counselling service for the deaf community.

For more information on New Life Counselling please visit – https://newlifecounselling.net/

Mental illness in Northern Ireland

  • One in five adults in Northern Ireland will show signs of a mental illness

(Northern Ireland Health Survey DHSSPS, 2015)

  • When matched to 17 other countries, NI had the 2nd highest rates of mental ill-health


  • Prevalence of mental illness in Northern Ireland is 25% higher than in England

(DHSSPS (2014). Making Life Better: A whole system strategic framework for public health 2013-2023)

Employment and mental health statistics:

  • Almost 50% of long-term absences from work are due to mental health issues  Office for National Statistics (ONS)
  • Our “Pay Pennies Rebuild Lives” research (2012) showed that investment in programmes, such as our New Horizons service, could help address as much as £50 million of the cost of mental health problems in Northern Ireland annually
  • Engagement in the programme also contributed over £450,000 to the economy through employment and tax revenue


If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness or any similar mental health issue then seeking help for it may be a good option.

Mental health issues such as depression, loneliness and anxiety can affect anyone of us.

If you are under 18 then CAMHS, an NHS run programme may just be the answer for your mental health struggles.

You should look to see if you meet the CAMHS referral criteria and then fill in the CAMHS referral form.

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