Trust offers a helping hand as jobless total continues to rise

Help and support is available for anyone experiencing emotional or mental health problems as a result of losing their job or being out of work. INNT 38-224-CON
Help and support is available for anyone experiencing emotional or mental health problems as a result of losing their job or being out of work. INNT 38-224-CON
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THE Northern Health Trust has highlighted that help and support is available for anyone experiencing emotional or mental health problems as a result of losing their job or being out of work.

The move comes after the government’s latest figures revealed that the number of local people out of work and claiming benefits rose by almost three per cent last month.

The Department of Employment’s September Labour Market Report reveals that during August the borough’s jobless total stood at 2,220 - 1,538 men and 682 women. That represented an increase of 2.9 per cent (63 people) from the previous month, and a rise of 5.5 per cent (115 people) over the past year.

One possible avenue of help and support for those struggling to cope with being out of work is the Condition Management Programme (CMP) - a working partnership between the Northern Trust and Department of Employment and Learning.

CMP is designed to assist people in managing their health conditions by working with them, offering advice on topics such as managing anxiety and low mood, and building confidence.

The CMP team is made up of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, a Cardiac Nurse, Dietitians, Mental Health Nurses and Support Workers with assistance from administration staff and operates out of nine Jobs and Benefits Offices in the Northern Trust area.

Anyone interested in finding out more about CMP should contact Jacqui McNeily, CMP Project Development Officer, on 2563 6740.

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