Here2Help app is there to guide people through challenging times

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will be running a campaign to encourage the use of the mental health app 'Here2Help' app over the festive period.

Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 11:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 11:45 am
The Here2Help campaign will roll out from December 14-26.

It forms part of the local authority's bid to ‘shatter the stigma’ around mental health issues.

Almost 6,000 people have downloaded the app since its launch in February.

The majority of the downloads have been in Northern Ireland; however, recently there have been some in the United States, China, Canada and the Republic of Ireland.

Created by Noel McKee, and developed by East Antrim Counselling and Ownies Bar, the app offers a range of services and support available to anyone in crisis.

The Here2Help campaign will roll out from December 14-26.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “It is vitally important for everyone to take care of their mental and emotional wellbeing during this challenging time and in the lead up to Christmas.

“With tightened restrictions in place at the minute, there is enhanced pressure on all of us.

“Whether you are concerned about yourself or someone else there is help available and the Here2Help app can assist in directing you to a number of helplines.”

The app is for users to get support instantly while also providing a wide range of links to reading materials that can help people in their time of need.

The Here2Help app is now available and free to download from Google Play Store and the Apple iTunes App Store for smartphones or tablet devices.