Annual General Meeting (AGM) 26th of January 2024 @ 6PM
ONE of the North’s most famous musicians has given a massive Christmas boost to a Coalisland mental health charity.
In the days before the festive holidays, Joe Coney who runs the Mid Ulster Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MACP) said he was contacted by a person seeking to make a donation to his charity.
When Joe enquired further, he found out that the lead singer of Snow Patrol – Gary Lightbody – was making a £10,000 donation to his counselling service which is bringing vital help to hundreds of local people.
Revealing this heart-warming act of generosity by the Bangor star, Joe Coney said, “Gary Lightbody very kindly wanted to donate £10,000.00 to MACP through the Lightbody Foundation, and we, MACP, were one of five charities in the whole of the North to receive such an amazing amount of money.
“Just as importantly, this is a fantastic testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our volunteers who provide amazing support to those with mental health difficulties.
“To say we are extremely surprised and extremely grateful most definitely is an understatement.”
Joe praised the musician for speaking out on mental health. He continued, “I suppose the moral of the story is no matter how famous someone is, depression and addiction does not discriminate nor does it take prisoners.
“But Gary, his sister Sarah, one of Gary’s best friends Davy Matchett and others who work on behalf of the Lightbody Foundation, use their influence and of course some of their finances to help ordinary people just like you and I, regardless of race colour or creed.
“So a massive thank you to Gary, Sarah and Davy and all at the Lightbody Foundation, we can absolutely guarantee this money will be used in the fight to support those who are struggling with mental health issues right here in Coalisland, Mid-Ulster and indeed the whole of Northern Ireland.
“What a fabulous Christmas gift which came just at the right time.”
Earlier this year, the Coalisland charity moved into larger premises and in turn increased the level of service and counselling for those in need.
The new mental health hub includes a new office, disability toilets, a staff kitchen, one large training room, two waiting areas, three counselling rooms, and full disabled access with a lift, to ensure facilities are accessible to all within the community.
Mr Coney who is himself a qualified counsellor told the Herald this year that more young people were experiencing anxiety, some of which was caused by the constant uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
Not only does MACP provide life-saving help to those suffering from a range of psychological difficulties but also gives student counsellors the opportunity to work in the field.
If you or any of your family, friends or colleagues are in need of support, please contact MACP to make an appointment. The service is free of charge and confidential. You can attend for just a few sessions, or for as long as you need the help. Contact MACP by calling 028 8774 6375.
Kiverco invest 5k in Mid Ulster Mental Health Services
Mid Ulster Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is relocating to a brand-new state-of-the-art building located in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. The centre due to open at its new location in August, offers free counselling services to anyone who resides or works within the Mid Ulster area. The MACP charity offers guidance on a number of issues that can affect mental health including stress, bereavement, suicide, abuse, redundancy, and work pressures. The charity also works closely with youth groups and schools to highlight issues such as online bullying, substance abuse, and self-image/eating disorders. To assist with furnishing and resourcing the facilities with the equipment needed to support clients, the charity commenced a large fundraising effort with a target of £15k.
Anne McKiver, owner of Kiverco explained why she decided to support MACP, “This is an extraordinary charity that offers free support to anyone struggling with mental health in our community. As part of our health and wellbeing programme within Kiverco, we have partnered with MACP to offer mental health support to our employees and their families. The charity has already saved the lives of many people in our community and Kiverco were delighted to lend a hand with financial support to ensure that they can continue to support many more families in the future. 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on so many families in Northern Ireland and mental health support is more important than ever. Kiverco’s donation is only one of many within the local area, but we are delighted to play our part in this community initiative.”
The new mental health hub will house a new office, disability toilets, a staff kitchen, one large training room, 2 waiting areas, 3 counselling rooms, and full disabled access with a lift, to ensure facilities are accessible to all within the community. According to the Northern Ireland Youth Wellbeing Survey, 12.6% of children and young people in Northern Ireland suffer from their mental health, which is 25% higher than the rest of the UK. The report also highlighted that 1 in 10 youths between the age of 11 -19 had engaged in self-harm and 1 in 8 had thought or attempted suicide.
As a result of the dire state of mental health within Northern Ireland, facilities such as MACP are essential to healing poor mental health within society.
To find out more about how MACP may support you or a family member visit www.mid-ulstercounselling.co.uk
Further information on the Youth Wellbeing Prevalence Survey 2020 - HSCB (hscni.net)
TIME TO CELEBRATE
MACP was one of five chosen charities selected in Northern Ireland to be awarded £3.390 by the Institute of Directors Fund towards working with Mental Health. Our members Daniel Whitelaw and Janette Potts attended the celebration event on 28th Feb 2020