The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, has hosted a charity breakfast in support of the vital work of a number of mental health and addiction groups throughout the Borough.
The Mayor’s charitable cause, ‘Building Stronger People’, supports Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s Drugs and Alcohol Steering Group. Funds have been raised over the past year through a variety of events.
And as he approached the end of his year in office, the Mayor invited members of the community to turn out and support the breakfast fundraiser, which took place from 7.30am until 9am in The Great Hall, Galgorm Resort and Spa, on Friday 1 June.
The Mayor said: “Thank you to all of those who attended the breakfast and supported the great work happening across Mid and East Antrim to tackle drug and alcohol addiction, and to raise awareness of suicide and mental health.
“These issues are extremely important to me and there is a lot of great work happening across Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne which I have done my utmost to support and promote throughout my term as Mayor.
“Addiction and mental health problems often go hand in hand and with Northern Ireland having the highest rate of suicide in the UK we need to ensure we do everything we can to promote what help is out there.
“Our citizens are at the heart of this and we have a duty of care to protect and help those most vulnerable in our society, supporting them to build a stronger future for themselves and their families.
“Again, I express my gratitude to those who took part in such a wonderful event in support of vital lifeline services within our community.”
If you or someone you know is in distress or despair, call Lifeline on 0808 808 8000. The free-phone helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access the Lifeline website www.lifelinehelpline.info