Counselling & Support Info


Oct 21

Mid & East Antrim Community Snapshot - Welcome to our latest Mid & East Antrim Comunity Snapshot, a monthly update of local community & voluntary services, organisations and projects available to help support Older People across Ballymena, Carrickfergus & Larne.

Health TalksTake advantage of a calendar of health talks, that you can attend from the comfort of your own home, on a range of topics to empower you to get the most out of every day living with arthritis.

Versus Arthritis -  Self Management Courses Calendar Dates and Patient Information.

Extern Feel Better project - Free Online Counselling – see attached flyer

Condition Management Programme - short video on support to help you to return to work while managing your own health condition &  Patient information Leaflet.

INTERPRETER NOW  -Deaf sign language users can register and download the free app at: interpreternow to a smartphone/tablet. Or laptops/desktops can be used with no app. Just using web browser  - Poster on the new service 

NHSCT Stress Control Course Info for October 2021. Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our online Stress Control class.  Book now for classes commence September 2021  


Health Talks from Local Health Professional and Organisations - click for further information on what is available to access through May 21.

STEP INTO ACTION - Up to 6 x 1-1 Health and Well-being sessions to help you achieve your healthy lifestyle.

HARD TO SWALLOW’ campaign launched throughout the month of March.

Dysphagia is often underreported and left undiagnosed causing choking, chest infections, malnutrition and dehydration.   We hope that the campaign will lead to more appropriate support for those suffering from the condition and giving them knowledge to manage the condition safer and better.  Two 'Swallow Awareness' training sessions are planned with input from a Speech & Language Therapist and Dietician specialised in dysphagia. Click the 'campaign' link above for more information. 

To help evaluate this new project please consider taking part in the Hard to Swallow Survey .  The responses you give today will help to understand and improve the support for those with swallowing difficulties in the future.  The survey takes 10 minutes to complete.

Self Help Information Links   All of the helplines listed on this website are continuing to provide information, advice and guidance on a wide-range of health and wellbeing needs.

Apps to help support your Health  offer contact details for Northern Area Services, most of which patients can self-refer to themselves. 

Family Mediation NI offer a range of Services to help avoid the court system

NHS advice on Common Conditions ----  

Similar evidence based information and advice for patients ----  

Chronic Pain advice regarding managing pain ----  

Mental Health - anxiety, low mood etc. ---  

Families / children Support --

Womens aid support and information ---

Support for men who experience relationship breakdown , anger management ---  

Coronavirus links to information ---

Counselling video/telephone consultation available to patients ---  


MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS   Provides resources for patients including the 5 steps for wellbeing leaflets which have been translated and are available in 11 different languages

HSC Bereavement Network website has been developed to provide information and guidance for those who care for and support dying people and their loved ones around the time of and after death.  It has resources including leaflets for those who have been bereaved as well as information about support services


 Breast Screening  A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency.  It covers the whole process of screening - from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results.  The video is aimed at women who have never attended for breast screening or who have been invited for the first time.  Patient Advice Leaflet: 

Cancer Services  If you have questions about cancer care in Belfast Trust visit the above website for information.  

Cancer Information Leaflet :  2014_Sept_-_Leaflet_-Affected_by_Cancer_were_here_to_help.doc 

Macmillan Cancer Support   We would like to inform you about the Macmillan Community Helper Service; a new service providing practical and emotional support for people affected by cancer across the Northern area.

 Macmillan have a team of trained volunteers across the Northern area who are ready to visit people affected by cancer at home on a weekly basis for up to 2 hours, and provide help with practical tasks like light housework, ironing and shopping that the individual might be finding difficult due to their cancer or their treatment; or meet them for coffee, go out for a walk together, and be someone to talk to.  The service is available for up to 6 months.  It is open to anyone over the age of 18, and to families who have a child affected by cancer.  Connecting with a Macmillan volunteer can help people affected by cancer regain their self-esteem or self-confidence, be less lonely and isolated, and help integrate them into services, groups and activities in their community.

If you would like more information or to make a referral please contact: Alexandra McMeekin, Volunteering Services Manager Macmillan Cancer Support  Email:  Phone: 075 4076 8244

MacMillan also offer a  Support Line on 0800 808 00 00 which is open Monday to Friday, 9am until 8pm. 




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