Action Mental Health (AMH) has been chosen as the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission’ first ever charity of the year.
In Derry, AMH New Horizons provides a range of vocational training and personal development programmes.
Clients can work towards a various recognised qualifications as well as enjoying many social and recreational activities, helping them overcome the effects of mental ill health and in many cases return to work.
David Babington, Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, said he was delighted to accept the honour on behalf of the charities’ staff and clients. “We are very pleased that the NI Assembly Commission has chosen to focus on and support mental health and well-being this year and we are delighted to be named as Charity of the Year. Our team in AMH is already hard at work organising a number of fundraising activities and events, and we look forward to working with, and having the support of the Assembly staff as well as the MLAs. We will also be running a number of joint initiatives with the Assembly to raise awareness, tackle stigma and promote positive mental health, in essence taking action on mental health.”
In addition to being able to hold a number of fundraising events in Parliament Buildings as the Assembly Commission’s charity of the year, AMH will receive all proceeds raised by staff at Assembly organised fundraising events.
The charity will hold the title until the end of June 2013.