Mid Ulster Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is relocating to a brand-new state-of-the-art building located in Coalisland, Co Tyrone. The centre due to open at its new location in August, offers free counselling services to anyone who resides or works within the Mid Ulster area. The MACP charity offers guidance on a number of issues that can affect mental health including stress, bereavement, suicide, abuse, redundancy, and work pressures. The charity also works closely with youth groups and schools to highlight issues such as online bullying, substance abuse, and self-image/eating disorders.
To assist with furnishing and resourcing the facilities with the equipment needed to support clients, the charity commenced a large fundraising effort with a target of £15k.
Anne McKiver, owner of Kiverco explained why she decided to support MACP,
“This is an extraordinary charity that offers free support to anyone struggling with mental health in our community. As part of our health and wellbeing programme within Kiverco, we have partnered with MACP to offer mental health support to our employees and their families. The charity has already saved the lives of many people in our community and Kiverco were delighted to lend a hand with financial support to ensure that they can continue to support many more families in the future. 2020 and the Coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on so many families in Northern Ireland and mental health support is more important than ever. Kiverco’s donation is only one of many within the local area, but we are delighted to play our part in this community initiative.”
The new mental health hub will house a new office, disability toilets, a staff kitchen, one large training room, 2 waiting areas, 3 counselling rooms, and full disabled access with a lift, to ensure facilities are accessible to all within the community.
According to the Northern Ireland Youth Wellbeing Survey 12.6% of children and young people in Northern Ireland suffer with their mental health, this is 25% higher than the rest of the UK. The report also highlighted that 1 in 10 youths between the age of 11 -19 had engaged in self-harm and 1 in 8 had thought or attempted suicide.
As a result of the dire state of mental health within Northern Ireland, facilities such as MACP are essential to healing poor mental health within society.
To find out more about how MACP may support you or a family member visit