BALLYMENA Independent councillor Rodney Quigley has congratulated all those involved in the #Here2Help roadshow which was held in the Ballymena North Centre on Wednesday.
The event, which had around 1,000 people in attendance, also marked the official launch of the #Here2Help app which offers a range of services and support available to anyone in crisis.
The app, which was created by Noel McKee, and developed by East Antrim Counselling and Ownies Bar, was originally launched in 2014 and updated last year.
Those attending the event heard hard-hitting stories from people who have been directly affected by drugs and mental health issues.
Teresa Burke, who lost her son Kealan to a drugs overdose in 2009, spoke poignantly to the audience telling them he “had everything to live for”.
Speaking afterwards, Councillor Rodney Quigley said the event was a huge success and the app was a step in the right direction in “saving lives”.
He added: “I would like to congratulate all those who were involved in the #Here2Help roadshow event.
“I have had a lot of positive feedback and if it helps to save one life then it has been a success.
“To see different sectors coming together and bringing forward solutions is a positive step forward.
“It is a fantastic example of the partnership working that we are always wanting to see.
“All too often we hear the negatives of social media, but here we have an app that can provide useful information for those in crisis and a signposting facility that young people can access when they need it.”
The #Here2Help app is now available to download for FREE from the app store.
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