New service set to tackle alcohol issue

Action Mental Health’s local branch - Foyle New Horizons - a charity that has worked with the local community for 20 years, is launching its new service which aims to support people reduce the impact on mental health caused by harmful levels of alcohol misuse.

QUEST is Action Mental Health’s Big Lottery funded WRAPP (Western Regional Alcohol Prevention Programme) which aims to support individuals to reduce the impact of misusing alcohol.

QUEST is an interactive way of addressing the complex issues associated with misusing alcohol and the associated impact on the individual, their families and carers, and on the wider community.

The project works collaboratively with people to identify triggers or patterns of behaviours which lead to periods of alcohol misuse or lifestyle decisions which are continually impacting negatively on their mental health.

The service operates five days per week, Wednesday-Sunday, ensuring the difficult weekend period has positive alternatives available for individuals who are looking for a healthier way to enjoy life .

Mickie Harkin, New Horizons Service Manager, said: “Alcohol misuse can have a profound impact on individuals, families, and our society as a whole, yet few people acknowledge - or are even aware of - how much alcohol they drink and the links between alcohol and mental health.

“There is evidence that misusing alcohol is harmful to our mental health and well being.”

Anyone concerned about their own alcohol use, or a friend or family member, can drop in to the Open Day on Thursday, February 13, between 10.30am-2.30pm at Foyle New Horizons, Unit 13 Springtown Ind. Estate.