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Charity counselling service inundated with calls after Cookstown tragedy

18.03.19

A CHARITY providing trauma counselling has been inundated with calls from "shocked" teenagers caught up in the Cookstown hotel tragedy.

The JMC Counselling and Training & The Mid-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy service provided face-to-face support to scores of young people who witnessed the horrific events of the previous evening in which three teenagers were killed.

Distressed workers from the Greenvale Hotel also contacted the charity, which is staffed by a team of 30 people with offices in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.

Counsellor Michael O'Neill said it was impossible to estimate the number of telephone calls and social media messages they received as they had been "flat out", with extra staff coming in to work the public holiday.

Parents of teenagers who attended the St Patrick's Day disco also sought advice.

GAA clubs including Dungannon and Tullysaran in Co Armagh contacted the counselling service to provide their premises as a 'drop in'.

While we cannot go into the details of what we have been told, all the young people who approached us have been in complete shock," Mr O'Neill said.

"These were teenagers who were all going out to have a night's fun and are now dealing with grief and trauma."

Mr O'Neill urged concerned parents to communicate with their children who had been affected.

"Please don't let children be on their own - the most important thing is talking. I know it is impossible to keep young people off social media but try to limit what they are reading online," he added.

"Parents know their own kids but it is good to encourage them not to be afraid to speak about their experience and to seek advice of counsellors and GPs if needs be.

"We also know that staff members who were working at the hotel were badly affected and some got in touch with us yesterday - they need help too... If you have been affected, please don't suffer this alone, contact us as soon as possible."

The Mid-Ulster based counselling service can be contacted on 028 8774 6375.

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Mental Health Seminar with GAA Stars Oct 2018

GAA speakers were Oisín McConville and Chris Kerr.

Event was held at St Joseph's College. Coalisland

Karl Gregory 2 Day Workshop 2017

On Friday September the 29th, and Saturday September the 30th, the MId-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy Coalisland, welcomed Mr Karl Gregory to Coalisland and Letterkenny respectively. Karl, from Bristol, a writer, researcher, clinical counselling supervisor, and therapist, facilitated the counsellors of MACP with a 2 day workshop on: : 'Working relationally using existential Concepts.' The workshop was a wonderful success, and no doubt, Karl will be returning again in the future. Thank you all involved, and all of you who helped organise this event, especially those of you who attended. No doubt we have all learned a great deal, which will most certainly help when we are working with clients. And finally, thank you to Karl Gregory. A fantastic guy, with amazing skills, who assisted and and enhanced one and all in a truly remarkable manner! Thank you Karl!

MACP Grand Opening and Coffee Morning

MACP: What a Huge Success!!!!

The Mid-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MACP), held our annual coffee morning in the Cornmill Heritage Centre Coalisland this morning Saturday.

The event itself was brilliantly organised by our very own committee member Mrs Linda Corr, assisted by the committee and volunteers of the project itself.

This event was extremely well attended by family, friends and the good people of Coalisland, surrounding towns, and Lough Shore areas.

The total raised was £635.00; raised in just 3 hours!! What an amazing amount in such a short space of time! So, a massive thanks to the general public!!

Public Awareness

The volunteers and counsellors of MACP, also circulated information on our counselling services, introducing themselves and distributing information about our project and our work to attendees. This is also a vital part of our work, making you aware of what the project's about, and how you can benefit.

There was some beautiful prizes on offer also, all very kindly donated by local businesses from Coalisland, and won by the following attendees:

1. Argento jewellery, anonymous donation, won by Mrs Linda Skeffington Coalisland;
2. Epson colour laser inkjet printer, donated by Mr Stephen Day, Island PC, won by Mrs Denise Gourley from the Moy;
3. Beautiful Tipperary tea set, donated by Mr Raymond Quinn, JJ Quinn electrical, won by Mrs Gillian Bell Cookstown;
4. Celtic Claddagh cross, donated by Mr Brian Mc Girr, Island turf crafts, won by Ms Irene Coney, Coalisland;
5. Argenta jewellery, anonymous donor, won by Ms Samantha Ross Armagh; 
6. Argenta jewellery, anonymous donor, won by Lana Mc Elhone Dungannon;
7. Cú Chulainn figure, donated by Mr Brian Mc Girr, Island Turf Crafts; won by Mrs Catriona Walsh Portadown;
8. Voucher for two for Linda's Larder, donated by Mrs Linda Skeffington, Linda's Larder, won by Mrs Maureen Crawford Portadown;
9. Celtic Claddagh picture frame, donated by Mr Brian Mc Girr, Island turf crafts, won by Ms Mairead Mc Lernon, Coalisland;
10. Beauty voucher for £50.00, donated by Mrs Selena Mc Elhone, one to one well-being beauty and holistic salon Omagh, won by Linda Sarah Corr Coalisland; and
11. Vase and picture frame hamper, donated by Mr & Mrs Fergal Hart, the Pine Box Coalisland, won by Mrs Linda Skeffington Coalisland.

Todays GAA in Edendork

During the coffee morning, two of our honorary volunteers, Ms Ciara Mclernon, and Mrs Maura Donnelly, braved the elements at Edendork GAA club to raise awareness and request small donations from spectators who were attending the game. The girls raised a total of £434.00. Again, an amazing amount of money in a very short space of time.

Our Grand Opening: Our New Premises

Following a wonderfully successful morning, we all walked the very short distance to our new premises and facility located at Mamies Corner Coalisland, to officially open the project. There, we were joined by three very special individuals who support our work at a profound level. Ms Kathleen Mc lernon from Coalisland, lost her husband, Brian, to suicide in the past. Kathleen spoke from the heart about the importance of MACP, and what the project can provide for those suffering from mental health difficulties. Next, the Reverend Andrew Rawding from Coalisland, who represented both the Church of Ireland, and the Catholic Church on behalf of Fr. Paul Byrne (who couldn't make todays opening due to training requirements), spoke emotively about how those suffering from negative mental health, should be addressing 'what happened' which caused the issue, as opposed to 'whats wrong with me.' Last but not least, the Sinn Fein MP for Mid-Ulster, Mr Francie Molloy, spoke about the stigma around negative mental health, and how our society should permit themselves to talk openly about this, rather than push it down, or keeping it all in. Each of our speakers acknowledged accurately, that MACP can indeed provide the catalyst to facilitate such a process.

Are You in need of Counselling?

So what is counselling? Simply defined, we empower you, to help yourself, thats it!! We are not Psychiatrists, Psychologists or Doctors of any kind, and we certainly wouldn't attempt to work with those who suffer serious conditions such as paranoid schizophrenia or Psychosis for example; such conditions are beyond a counsellors capabilities. Your counsellor will welcome you warmly, in a non judgemental way, building a genuine relationship with you. Counselling involves two mature adults, discussing the clients issues, trying perhaps to look at difficulties from alternative perspectives, in an attempt to resolve or identify ways to cope with negative thoughts and feelings the client needs to lesson in some way. So, should you wish to make an appointment with one of our counsellors, please call: 
029 8774 6375 or 07840 854836
You can also email us on:
macpcounselling@gmail.com or call in person to:

64 Main Street
Coalisland
Dungannon
BT71 4NB

Also, please feel free to learn more about the work we do, by visiting our website on:

www.mid-ulstercounselling.co.uk

 

 

You can still donate to our work by visiting our website and click on the pay pal app, or, you can make a donation by giving your donation to any of our committee members who are:

Joe Coney: Chairperson
Linda Corr: Vice Chair
Sarah Connor: Secretary
Gillian Bell: Treasurer
Colleen Skefington: C. Member
Edel Cunningham: C. Member
Shaneen Canavan: C. Member
Paul Harrison: C. Member

Walking through the minefield that is Trauma, Workshop by Mr Davy Hutton

The Counsellors of the Mid Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MACP) Coalisland welcomed Mr Davy Hutton, renowned Trauma and EMDR Specialist to the Cornmill Heritage Centre Coalisland, to talk about Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The event was well attended and a huge success.

MACP are providing counselling to anyone with any problem within this area, for suicide ideation, anyone that has lost a family member or friend to suicide, or anyone living with someone who is suicidal. In addition, we also work with Trauma and addiction. We will of course work with any issue a client may bring to counselling. Should you wish to make an appointment, please call, in confidence, 028 8774 6375, or 07840 854836.

As the project grows from strength to strength, unfortunately so do our costs. So anyone who is in a position to make a financial donation to our work no matter how small, you can do so on our website at www.mid-ulstercounselling.co.uk and ensure you reference your donation with your name.

Thank you all so much for the local support, without such support the project simply could not exist. Thank you again. Joe.

Slieve League Cliffs Sponsored Walk

On Saturday 25th March 2017 MACP members along with friends of JMC and members of the public took part in a sponsored walk on the beautiful Slieve League Cliffs. We had an absolutely fantastic day and as you can see the weather was perfect. The views were simply stunning. Thank you to everyone involved and to everyone who donated to help keep this remarkable charity running. The money is still coming in but we are totally blown away by the current amount raised so far.

Thank you all again.

Here are some photos of this fantastic event!

 

 

Barbara Mitchels Seminar/Christmas Dinner

The committee and counsellors of the Mid-Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MACP) Coalisland, held a seminar and annual Christmas dinner today in the Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown, which proved to be a huge success.

Guest speaker was Dr. Barbara Mitchels from Exeter, England. Barbara delivered the seminar on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as Record Keeping Confidentiality and the Law. The course was fully approved and endorsed by the National Counselling Society (NCS).Barbara has written many books on such topics including 'Love in Danger, and Confidentiality Record Keeping, in Counselling & Psychotherapy,' which she co wrote with Professor Tim Bond. Both Barbara and Tim will be returning again in the summer of 2017 to facilitate further training.

MACP are based in Coalisland CDDA, and Western House Coalisland. We offer a free and professional counselling service for anyone suffering from any mental health difficulty. Anyone who needs to talk, please contact us on:
02887746375 or 07840 854836.

Russell Banks Seminar

A Big thank you to Mr Russel Banks Lifeline Therapist, and Clinical Counselling Supervisor who delivered a seminar on The Tyrany of Trauma and Domestic Abuse to all our Counsellors and members of MACP which was held in the Cornmill Heritage centre on Thursday 1st December 2016. MACP are based in Coalisland CDDA, and Western House Coalisland. We offer a free and professional counselling service for anyone suffering from any mental health difficulty. Anyone who needs to talk, please contact us on:
02887746375 or 07840 854836.

Dr Raman Kapur Seminar

MACP committee members and students of JMC pictured at the Raman Kapur Seminar which took place on Thursday 24th November in the Heritage Centre Coalisland. A very worthwhile and enjoyable event.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped organise this event. A special thank you to Linda's Larder who provided lunch refreshments following this event.

Steve Page Workshop

Volunteer Counsellors representing MACP Counselling based in Coalisland, who attended a workshop facilitated by the renowned Researcher, Therapist Coach and Supervisor from York, England Mr. Steve Page on Saturday 21st May. The workshop entitled the 'Shadow, Relational Depth and Self Awareness,' was indeed a huge success. The event was held at Arnold's Hotel, in the very beautiful and picturesque village of Dunfanaghey, Co. Donegal. What a fantastic event and no doubt, we are all very much the wiser after such wonderful facilitation. Thank you to all involved, and a special thanks to Mr Steve Page.

Funded by the ARN Foundation for Mental Health 

 

MACP

Unit 64

Main Street

Coalisland

Dungannon

BT71 4PT 

 

Charity Number:

XT 38505



Tel: 028 8774 6375

 

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