our history...

Lady Margaret Wakehurst established Niamh (as we used to be known) in 1959. At the core of Niamh’s services was the community-based support it provided to people who had experienced mental ill-health.

Lady Margaret Wakehursta beacon of hope

Since our inception, in response to emerging needs, we have continually developed what were previously known as Beacon support services in towns throughout Northern Ireland.

Now, our day opportunities and recovery-focused services are provided to over 1000 people every year, alongside our range of supported housing accommodation.

While we continue to develop services to support those with experience of mental ill-health, research shows that mental health is not achieved simply by treating mental illness but by promoting positive mental wellbeing.

Through listening attentively to what our service users need, we have also developed a range of community-based services for people aged 60 years and over, supporting those leaving hospital or who have become socially isolated.

caring in workplace and educational settings

In 2000, we broadened our scope to include support for the whole population through mental-health promotion and research. Carecall (as it was previously known), with its focus on counselling and other therapeutic interventions, now offers timely and confidential assistance to well over 1,000,000 employee 'lives'.

learning to support the potential of others

Our learning disability residential services joined the Inspire family in October 2013, providing care for people with learning disabilities in Lisburn, Antrim, Armagh, Omagh and, more recently, Belfast.

developing services across Ireland

EAP Consultants based in Dublin also joined us in April of 2015 and we have since appointed a director who will help develop a range of charitable services in Ireland.

All of which is helping us to reach out and promote wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland.

working together to provide a more joined-up approach

Addiction NI became part of Inspire in July of 2016. Bringing Addiction NI into Inspire represents a positive and innovative move towards a more joined-up approach to overall mental health and wellbeing service provision, with particular reference to the area of dual diagnosis.

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