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S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health (Suicide-Talking-Education-Prevention-Support)

  • Recently registered information

  • This charity has been recently registered - it does not need to update its information until 10 months after its first financial period ends.

Charity no. 106830 Date registered. 06/11/2017

Public benefits

The direct benefits which flow from the purposes of S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health include: 1) The breaking down of the stigma surrounding Suicide and Mental Health in a rural community who traditionally look after their own within the family. 2) A much more co-ordinated approach to the prevention of Suicide and raising awareness of Suicide and Mental

Health. 3.) A community working together to raise awareness of Suicide and Mental Health. The benefits are demonstrated through information on support around Suicide and Mental health now being in all public buildings and people being aware that there is help out there and how to access it. Due to STEPS Mental Health accessing free PHA training the community, tutors and members of the public are now trained in level 1 safe talk, level 2 Suicide awareness, Mental Health First Aid, ASSIST meaning we have a community much more skilled in Suicide awareness and intervention. Benefits are also demonstrated through the partnership working with our local GP and pharmacy they now trust that we run an ethical, safe and confidential service in which they can refer people. Further benefits are demonstrated through people now willing to talk about Suicide and Mental Health and the diverse range of people who attend class. In a rural community due to the stigma there is still a belief that if you talk about Suicide and Mental Health you cause it to happen but through education we tackle this myth. The beneficiaries are the local community of Draperstown/ Ballinascreen and surrounding areas. Some private benefits flowing from the purposes of STEPS Mental Health in that the organisation has brought lots of different training to the local community and for the committee which has led to an increase in skills and knowledge. This is however incidental and necessary to achieving the purposes of STEPS Mental Health. The only perceived harm flowing from the purposes of STEPS Mental Health is that in a rural community due to the stigma surrounding mental health, there is still a belief that if you talk about Suicide and Mental Health you cause it to happen. Through education however we tackle this myth.

What your organisation does

STEPS Mental Health run classes (Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Netball, Horticulture) on a weekly basis to encourage people to take time out for themselves and feel connected within their community. We also offer a confidential counselling service and a drop in once a week for people who need someone to talk to or who need information on support available.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Carers
  • General public
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people
  • Sexual orientation
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Counselling/support
  • Education/training
  • Human rights/equality
  • Rural development
  • Volunteer development

Charitable purposes

S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health promotes community driven supportive approaches to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Suicide and Mental Health. S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health will endeavour to tackle the issue of Suicide and Mental Health with the inhabitants of Draperstown and Mid Ulster Council Area without distinction of sex, race or political, religious or other opinions by (1) To raise awareness through education and prevention strategies of Suicide and Mental Health in the Draperstown and Mid Ulster Council Area (2) To reduce stigma by having a community wide presence that encourages talking about Suicide and Mental Health (3) To facilitate communities to enable them to access a range of supports to improve and maintain Mental Health (4) To understand and value the connection between physical and mental health by taking a preventative approach (5) To actively build a network of partners who share S.T.E.P.S. vision.

Governing document

Constitution

Other name

Mental Health S.T.E.P.S.
  • 7 Trustees
  • N/A Employees
  • N/A Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Karen Mc Guigan, 30 Moykeeran Drive, Draperstown, Magherafelt, BT45 7AT

Trustee board

Trustee
Mrs Donna Marie English
Mrs Mary Mc Cracken
Mrs Natalie Patricia Mc Cullagh
Mrs Margaret Mc Guigan
Mrs Grainne O Kane
Mr Liam Glavin
Mrs Ciara Quinn

List of regions

  • Mid Ulster District Council