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Cormac Begley - Niamh

Niamh is a leading mental health and wellbeing charity that delivers a range of services which focus on mental health recovery, health and social care policy, training and counselling for employees and students across the island of Ireland via its 3 areas of service activity, Beacon, Carecall and Inspire.

How did you first get involved with volunteering with Niamh?

I first heard about Niamh when I was attending a conference on clinical psychology which was being hosted by the BPS in Derry.  I had never known that Northern Ireland had a proactive and holistic organisation devoted to promoting mental wellbeing, so naturally I decided there and then to get involved. I work as an ad hoc volunteer doing bits and pieces wherever I can. I’d like to get involved in contributing written pieces to Niamh’s media.

What’s the best thing to happen to you since volunteering with Niamh?

The best thing to happen to me since I started volunteering is the people I’ve met. Everyone has been so open and friendly!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering with Niamh?

I would say ‘go for it’. You won’t look back. I’ve only been able to contribute a little to Niamh so far but I feel I’ve already gotten so much back in terms of experience and connections. Mental health and wellbeing are so important yet so misunderstood, volunteering with Niamh is a great way to promote awareness of these issues and make a difference.