Two of the services in line to receive a grant include a counselling service for men based in Londonderry and a series of workshops for women in the North Down and Ards area.
The Men’s Action Network (Man) will use their grant to provide essential counselling sessions for men local to the area. Director of Services and Development Michael Lynch has stressed how difficult it can be for men to seek help and they hope to provide a service which encourages men to come forward and seek help and advice in a safe environment.
Kilcooley Women’s Education Group from North Down and Ards have also received a grant of £10,000 which is already being used to help run workshops and activities for women in North Down and Ards.
Manager Alison Blayney has said the programme entitled ‘Mind Me’ is intended to help those suffering from a mental health issues including, depression, stress and post natal depression.
Frank Hewitt, The Big Lottery Fund’s Northern Ireland Chair hopes the programmes will help to support their respective local communities by improving mental health and having a positive effect on work and social life.