Rowallane District Electoral Area Chairperson Supports Walk for Hope in Montalto Estate
Rowallane Cllr Terry Andrews, the chair of the Rowallane District Electoral Area (DEA)forum attended the Walk for Life which was organised, in partnership with County Down Rural Community Network and supported by the Public Health Agency and National Lottery Community Fund, in Montalto Estate, Ballynahinch, on Saturday.
The event formed part of the Ballynahinch Suicide Prevention Group’s first ever Festival of Hope. The festival, running from Tuesday 5 October to Friday 15 October, offers a full programme of activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2021.
Newry Mourne and Down District Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason said: “The Walk for Hope is one of many events organised within the Festival of Hope.
“It is a great initiative highlighting World Mental Health Day, as well as raising public awareness of the support and help that is available within our community for those who are struggling and in need of someone to talk to.
“We all recognise the positive impact that fresh air and walking has on our mental health and wellbeing, and I hope that events such as this will continue to raise awareness across the district.”
Ballynahinch Suicide Prevention Group was established in October 2019 to address the growing concern of increased suicide in Ballynahinch and the neighbouring areas.
It identified that there is a real need for agencies to work in partnership to promote mental health and to identify strategic priorities, as well as deliver a plan of activities and events to highlight the support networks that are available locally for those in need.
If you or someone you know needs support, call one of the numbers below and there will be someone to listen to you and provide you with help.
Southern HSCT: 028 3756 7100
South Eastern HSC Trust: 0300 100 0300
Lifeline: 0808 808 8000