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Praxis Care Celebrates World Mental Health Day 2014

The World Health Organisation designated 10th October 2014 as World Mental Health Day.  This is a global day set aside in recognition of the seriousness of the consequences of mental ill-health on the individual, their family and on the wider community.

There are many different types of mental illness including anxiety, neurosis, depression, psychosis, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.

This year’s initiative was aimed at highlighting the need to invest in quality mental health services for older sufferers in our community. The theme for 2014 World Mental Health Day was “living with schizophrenia”

Praxis Care is one of NI’s largest charities and a major provider of mental health services.  The Magherafelt service users and staff took part in the following events to mark World Mental Health Day:

  • 5 a side football tournament, alongside other schemes and staff on Thursday 9th October 2014 at Stormont Playing Fields, Belfast.  Our scheme was part of the winning team named “The Hotspots”.
  • Service User Awards ceremony when Praxis Care  recognised and rewarded individual service users and their carers who have achieved personal targets or helped improve services through involvement in Praxis Care activities. This event was held in The Glenavon Hotel on Friday 10th October 2014.  Shane Cullen was awarded 2nd place in the personal Achievement Category.  Shane said “he had a brilliant day and feels very proud to achieve 2nd place in the Personal Achievement Category”.
  • Coffee Morning within the Magherafelt scheme office on Wednesday 15th October 10.30am – 12.00pm.

Nevin Ringland CEO and Founder of Praxis Care:

World Mental Health Day promotes more open discussion on mental illness and the need for investment in prevention and treatment services. Praxis Care specialises in offering a dedicated counselling service which uses cognitive behaviour therapy for the treatment of mental health and operates a number of supported living services for individuals suffering from mental ill health.

If you want to know more about the work of Praxis Care, or if you are interesting in Befriending Volunteering with us please contact the Magherafelt scheme on 028 7963 4488 or email info.magherafelt@praxiscare.org.uk.

Shane Cullen who was awarded 2nd place in the ‘Personal Achievement’ category

Shane Cullen who was awarded 2nd place in the ‘Personal Achievement’ category


Notes to Editors

To organise an interview with service users or to request further information on the work of Praxis Care, contact Paul Collins Assistant Director Fundraising and PR 028 90 234 555 / 07918 720554.

Mental Health Facts:

Mental ill health comes at an economic and social cost to the UK economy of £105 billion a year. Yet mental health services are the “Cinderella” of social care services. Mental health services are poorly funded compared with other conditions and the issue’s not spoken about nearly enough. It is the largest single cause of disability, with 23% of the disease burden of the NHS, yet the NHS spends only 1% of its budget on mental health problems.

Research has established that the incidence of mental ill health in Northern Ireland is twice that of the levels in England.

(DHSSPSNI [2007] The Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability (Northern Ireland) of Psychiatrists (2010).

Praxis Care is a charity empowering adults and children with mental ill health, learning disability, or acquired brain injury to enjoy everyday living, irrespective of the complexity of their needs. Praxis Care provides a range of accommodation and support services for nearly 1,500 people in 80 separate locations. Services are provided across Northern Ireland, England, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man.

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