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World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019

Thursday 10th October 2019 at 9am 0 Comments ARTiculate Young People & Wellbeing Arts Programme

Pictured are Séamus Mullen (PHA), Lorraine Calderwood (Arts Council), Chris Deconink (Extern), artists Glenn Black and Ken Maze (Blaze FX), with some of the staff and young people involved in Extern’s arts project funded through the ARTiculate Programme Image: Pictured are Séamus Mullen (PHA), Lorraine Calderwood (Arts Council), Chris Deconink (Extern), artists Glenn Black and Ken Maze (Blaze FX), with some of the staff and young people involved in Extern’s arts project funded through the ARTiculate Programme

Today is World Mental Health Day and the theme set by World Federation of Mental Health is suicide prevention.

Three years ago the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, launched a new £600,000 programme to promote positive mental health and emotional well-being in young people through the arts.

So far the ARTiculate Programme has supported 47 projects across Northern Ireland, linking youth and community groups with professional artists and arts organisations.  Each project has engaged with vulnerable young people, targeting those at higher risk of suicide or self-harm.

The specific aims of the programme are:

  • Improve emotional, physical and social wellbeing of participants
  • Enable participants to express opinions or feeling using arts-based methods
  • Realise and improvement in wider services for young people with mental health issues
  • Empower communities to take a more pro-active role in promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • Reduce stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing through improved education; and
  • Support and promote help seeking behaviour amongst participants

Initial findings from an evaluation of the programme provides self-reported evidence from the young people of improvements in self-confidence and greater awareness of where to seek help and support. 

The ARTiculate programme is funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funds. Since the National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community. People can discover the positive impact playing the National Lottery has had on their community over the past 25 years by using the 25th hashtag #NationalLottery25 .

Find out more about the projects supported so far through the ARTicualte Programme:


For more information on World Mental Health Day, advice on looking after your mental health and how to access support visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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