AMH was established in 1963 and is multi-faceted, offering a wide range of services from 14 locations as well as in local community venues across Northern Ireland; typically, every year 2,000 clients attend recovery services, 2,500 receive therapeutic support and another 35,000 are reached through resilience services in schools, clubs and communities. 

Nine New Horizons services provide the core of service delivery where adults, recovering from mental ill-health, benefit from a variety of personal and health development, vocational skills and employability training options. AMH also has the New Life Counselling (NLC) service to deliver psychological therapies supporting adults, families and young people from 5+ years old experiencing emotional distress, stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, self-harming behaviour and suicidal ideation; support also includes creative arts therapies (e.g. art, play, music, drama). 

Support for employers is provided through AMH Works which supports healthy, resilient workplaces and AMH provides suicide and self-harm prevention training, support and postvention contracts across NI. There is also an ASD service, Eating Disorder service 3 Men’s Sheds and a dedicated service for adults with learning disabilities.  

AMH has a strong commitment to quality as an Investors in People (IIP) Gold (6th Gen) organisation, holds the IIP Health and Wellbeing Award and the Customer Service Excellence Award. AMH holds British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) service accreditation. An in-house Communications and Fundraising team tackle stigma and raise the profile of mental health issues.

Peter Fitzsimmons Chair

David Babington Chief Executive

Why Action Mental Health is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

AMH wants to share the expertise and experience in the current Board of a regional provider with a diverse range of services. We have 2 serving ex-apprentices who have made considerable impact and have added greatly to the Board; we would be keen to have new people on the Board albeit only for a year to share their perspective and experience as well as challenge for our existing Board. AMH was awarded a CO3 Good Governance Award in 2018 and the Board is committed to continuous learning and improvement.   

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Currently held remotely over Zoom; they will be held as hybrid meetings in the future and F2F will be in one of AMH’s 14 sites across the region.  

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board Meetings are bi-monthly at 3pm, Committee Meetings are quarterly either at 12.30pm, 2pm or in some cases at 5.30pm

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)


Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)