Health Minister Robin Swann is among those addressing a major event in Ballymena today

Health Minister Robin Swann speaking at Ballymena event

HUNDREDS of people are attending the #Here2Help roadshow in Ballymena on Wednesday morning with speakers including Health Minister Robin Swann.

The event, which has been organised by the local Council, the PSNI, Public Health Agency and local community groups, is aimed at tackling the misuse of drugs.

It is being held at Ballymena North Business and Recreation Centre on the Cushendall Road.

The roadshow will also see the launch in this borough of the #Here2Help Smartphone App.

The app has been developed in order that local residents can quickly access contact details for range of support services available to them within the borough.

It aims to provide helplines 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.

Also among those speaking at the event have been the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Maureen Morrow, and Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy.

Each brought home a strong and simple message to raise awareness on how our community is working together to provide a Here2Help service for those suffering from mental health, drug misuse, alcohol abuse and suicidal thoughts.

Minister Swann shared a simple but powerful challenge in how we can all help, saying: “If you can ask someone if they are okay, please do so.”

Anne Donaghy has challenged all present to simply download the Here 2 Help app free from Apple and Android app stores to help start conversations with those who need help.

Or if you yourself need help, you can confidentially use it to help combat issues with mental health, drugs misuse, alcohol abuse and suicide.

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