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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY MESSAGE

THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT #WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY MESSAGE: EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY TO SOLVING NI’S CHRONIC MENTAL ILL HEALTH PROBLEM For #world mental health day Professor Siobhan O’Neill, NI’s Mental Health Champion has written to all Northern Ireland’s political party leaders, to ask them to make clear commitments in their manifestoes, to provide full funding…
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Leigh Carey CEO of the Hummingbird Project in conversation with the Young Foundation – challenges and opportunities

Leigh Carey, CEO of The Hummingbird Project in conversation with Ajeet Jugnauth of the Young Foundation as part of its BOOST In Conversation series. The BOOST scaling programme aims to unleash the power of partnerships to support organisations with proven solutions to some of the UK’s current social challenges.

Coleraine Football Club and the Hummingbird Project strike new mental health deal in a ‘Match of the Day’ partnership that aims to improve resilience and emotional wellbeing of local football fans

The Hummingbird Project, located in Portstewart on the stunning Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, recently announced a new partnership with Coleraine Football Club which will see the Bannsiders support the award winning local social enterprise by promoting its mental health and resilience work with football fans and the local community. The announcement comes at a…
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Match of the Day: Coleraine Football Club and The Hummingbird Project strike a unique new mental health deal

It’s game on today (Friday, April 30th) for the elite sports team at Coleraine Football Club who have teamed up with the Hummingbird Project as part of its continued commitment to community engagement. The new partnership will see the Bannsiders support the award winning local social enterprise by promoting its mental ill health and resilience…
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Our 5th Birthday

Today is The Hummingbird Project’s fifth birthday! Different social enterprise support organisations estimate that around 70% of all social enterprises do not survive to their 5th birthday, a pretty harrowing statistic, considering that most social businesses are founded with a passion and commitment to make the world a better place.

The National Lottery Community Fund

The Hummingbird Project to support Leaders with Lived Experience thanks to National Lottery funding We are celebrating after being awarded over £56000 in National Lottery funding to put people with lived experience of mental ill-health, and their carers, in the lead to achieve greater knowledge equity with their learned and practice experience colleagues. The new…
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The Dreaded ‘M’ Word

TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER If anyone has ever seen “My Fair Lady” or read Pygmalion, they will know that in teaching Eliza Doolittle how to behave appropriately in polite society, she is told that the safe topics of conversation are the weather and everybody’s health. Even if you haven’t, that’s got to sound familiar to…
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What Are You On?

At some point in time, we all have to take medication from the Doctor to make us feel better. We explain our symptoms and medical professionals make the best choice as to what drugs would help to cure or manage our illness. Some drugs, or groups of drugs are well known…. Pain killers, antibiotics and…
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Social Self-harm?

Reading the news this week you could be forgiven thinking that self-harm is a 21st Century phenomena, often associated with young people and fashionably claimed by “celebs”. The truth is it has always been with us and probably always will be. When I “came out” and disclosed my history of cutting (partly because it was hard…
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Awareness is good, action is better.

I was a smoker for about 15 years. I finally stopped for the umpteenth and FINAL time 3 weeks ago. For 15 years I was very aware that it was not good for me, I was reminded all the time by non-smoking (or worse reformed ex-smoking) family and friends, every cigarette packet I picked up…oh…
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