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Mental health message highlighted as community comes together for outdoor sheep sale in Cushendun

Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Susan McLaughlin and Hannah Graham

Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Susan McLaughlin and Hannah Graham

(Images: Kevin McAuley/McAuley Multimedia)


Beautiful Cushendun hosted one of Northern Ireland's last outdoor sheep sales this week, which took place in the coastal village on Wednesday (6th September).


The popular community event was attended by Northern Area Community Network (NACN) staff Susan McLaughlin and Hannah Graham.



The event was a perfect opportunity for Susan and Hannah to promote positive mental health and remind members of the rural communities of the importance of taking care of their minds.


Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Susan McLaughlin and Hannah Graham

The NACN team distributed little packs containing information about emotional wellbeing and a Kit-Kat - a message to encourage the rural community to take some time for themselves.


The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council Steven Callaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop also attended on the day, and both got involved with cleaning the sheep and getting them ready for the sale!



Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Hugh McCormick, and Paddy McSparron and staff from the Mart.

Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Hugh McCormick, and Paddy McSparron and staff from the Mart.


Paddy McSparron and Hugh McCormick got two sheep and they were sprayed with Lifeline’s telephone number on them - all part of an initiative to raise awareness of help available to all parts of the community across Northern Ireland. Lifeline priced a freephone crisis helpline via the 0808 808 8000 telephone service and their website.


The event organised by the Northern Area Community Network in partnership with Causeway Rural & Urban Network Suicide Prevention Development was enjoyed by all ages.


The Networks are supported by the Public Health Agency, to increase community involvement in promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention, bereaved by suicide support and self harm.



Niall McGarry and his daughter Fiadh McGarry

Niall McGarry and his daughter Fiadh McGarry


The Community Networks provided a range of programmes, all with a community development approach to improve people's quality of life. NACN/CRUN always welcome community input and would be keen to hear from any community that they could assist.


Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Susan McLaughlin and Hannah Graham

Mayor Steven Calllaghan and Deputy Mayor Margaret Ann McKillop from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with Susan McLaughlin and Hannah Graham




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