East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs, Ulster Unionist Party Health Spokesperson, has added his support for the YMCA/NHS #IAMWHOLE campaign aimed at tackling mental health stigma in our communities.
Roy Beggs MLA said “I am proud to provide my full support to the #IAMWHOLE campaign which took place on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2017. It is important that we do all that we can to remove stigma associated with mental health issues and be supportive of those who seek help and advice.
The YMCA in partnership with the NHS, launched a report on World Mental Health Day at Parliament Buildings entitled “More Than Words” which investigates the harmful language and negative stereotypes faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. Mr Beggs said “It was encouraging to see local young people involved in the campaign through the YMCA, Carrickfergus College and Carrickfergus Grammar school at the report launch, where local students spoke about their own personal experiences. I was also pleased to see my UUP colleague Robbie Butler MLA, Mental Health spokesperson, sponsor the event launch.”
Mr Beggs concluded “On World Mental Health Day I also joined Praxis Care in Larne at their coffee morning in their local support house. It was heartening to hear about the good work that Praxis carry out in the area and particularly pleasing to see pupils from the nearby Larne Grammar School at the event where they were keen to learn more about Praxis Care and their supportive role in the community.”