Successful Body Image Conference in the Northern Area


The Northern Area Outcomes Group in partnership with Locality Planning Members recently hosted a conference to explore body image and the harmful impacts of food choices on mood and effects of performance enhancing drugs on the body.


The conference welcomed several expert speakers to explore a range of issues with practitioners including:

  1. Vanessa Baird, Adapt, Action Mental Health – Body Image and Young People. Click here to find out more about ADAPT Eating Disorder Service
  2. Bridin McKenna, Life Therapies – Food and Mood. Click here to download this presentation
  3. Michael Gourley, Start360 – Performance Enhancing Drugs. Click here to download this presentation


Contact Us:

For more information about the conference please contact Selena Ramsey, Northern Outcomes Area Locality Planning Officer, NHSCT by Email at or Telephone at 028 2563 6608


Ballymoney Year 9 Healthy Lifestyles Resource Pack

Young people from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Ballymoney have been involved in designing a new healthy lifestyle resource targeted for their peers aged 11-16 years. A group of fourteen year 9 pupils from the local Ballymoney post primary school were provided with a brief to design a healthy lifestyle resource for their peers which promotes physical activity, good nutrition and the importance of hydration.


Sandra Anderson, CYPSP Participation Worker for the Northern HSC Trust area who was involved in the project has said “This project has been a great example of successful partnership working in action, between the young people and the agencies involved.  Listening to young people and giving them the chance to have a say in what works for them will be essential to the success of the resource. The final product is a credit to the group involved as they have managed to convey the complex health messages in an innovative and creative way”.


Read more 

Find out more about the Ballymoney (Causeway Coast and Glens) Locality Planning Group at


The 1+1 Project Bilingual Mental Health Project

A collaborative Stronger Together Initiative for early intervention bilingual Mental Health Support that is being piloted in three areas across N.I:

  • Dungannon (Portuguese / English)
  • Ballymena/Ballymoney (Polish / English)
  • Belfast (Chinese / English)

The project is available to support individuals in the minority ethnic community experiencing depression.


What will the project do?

  • Provide Mental Health Services for example; counselling, training, direct group activities etc. These already exist. It will help increase access to them.
  • Provide free interpreting to providers who have a responsibility to deliver their services to everyone regardless of linguistic capability. The Regional Interpreting Service exists. It will help support access to that service.
  • It will help inform shared learning on how to meet that demand in the future by creating more effective and diverse pathways to existing services and more diversity in delivery of those services.


Click here to find out more about the project


Click here to download a copy of the referral form


Ballymoney Locality – Year 8 Healthy Lifestyles Engagement Pilot (June 2017)

Year 8 pupils in Our Lady of Lourdes School, Ballymoney were involved in a Healthy Lifestyles Engagement Pilot, which was undertaken in partnership with CYPSP, the Northern Obesity Partnership, Public Health Nursing, Northern Trust Dietetics and Causeway Coast and Glens Council.  As part of the pilot, Year 8 pupils had an opportunity to participate in a project with the Traditional Conservation Volunteers, which enabled them to plan and develop their own vegetable beds as well as growing vegetables.  Fourteen Year 8 pupils also had the opportunity to participate in a steering group to ensure user engagement & involvement was central to the project.

To view photos, click here

Changing Childhood Conference – 22 March 2017

The CYPSP Cookstown and Magherafelt Locality Planning Groups will host a ‘Changing Childhood’ Conference in March 2017. This Conference will look at how some children and parents have become addicted to modern day technology and unhealthy food. We will discuss the effects these have on both the child and parent as well as exploring the parent child relationship, children’s behaviour, child development and modern day to day family life.

Click here to download the conference programme 


Conference details:

Date: 22 March 2017

Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Burnavon, Cookstown


How to register:

The conference is open to anyone working with children, young people and families in the Northern Outcomes Area.To book a space contact Gemma Lutton by email at or telephone 028 2563 6615